Leaders call for DA to reopen case of man fatally shot by officer
Elected officials are advocating for the family of a Brooklyn man who was fatally shot by a police officer.
They say Ortanzso Bovell was unarmed when he was shot by NYPD Officer John Chell during a car chase in East Flatbush in 2008. A jury recently awarded his family $2.5 million in a civil suit.
New York City Councilmember Inez Barron and other elected officials are calling on acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to reopen the case in light of the jury's decision.
Police say they found Bovell driving a silver Ford Mustang - after running the plate number, they realized the vehicle was stolen. They say Bovell threw the car into reverse and hit Chell.
The lawyer representing Bovell's family told News 12 in a statement, "Inspector Chell shot an unarmed man in the back, and then lied about what happened to get out of trouble. We proved at trial that this shooting was intentionally and deliberately done. We are also gratified to see that this case may be reopened and submitted to a grand jury for further review."
Officials say there is no word on when they will meet with the acting DA on the issue.
A spokesperson for the district attorney's office says it is open to evaluating new evidence in any case if and when it becomes available.