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Family of teen fatally shot by Wethersfield officer hires noted civil rights lawyers


The family of Anthony “Chulo” Cruz, the 18-year-old shot and killed two weeks ago by a Wethersfield police officer, hired a pair of legal heavy hitters.

Noted civil rights lawyer Ben Crump is now on the case with co-counsel Michael Jefferson.

Right away, they dispelled early reports saying the car Cruz was driving in the fatal police encounter was stolen.

Related: Lawyer: Wethersfield officer use of deadly force was justified

“That’s totally untrue, that’s totally untrue,” Jefferson said. 

“We do have the title for the car, correct?” Colon asked.

“The title was presented to the state’s attorney,” Jefferson responded.

Crump and Jefferson were flanked by Cruz’s sister, brother, and father who broke down in tears.

“The video show everything. With that being said, I just want justice for Chulo, and I know we’re going to get it,” Cruz’s brother, Anthony Colon, said.

Related: AP: Officer who killed driver worried past bosses

The family spoke out amid newly uncovered details showing a troubled past for the officer who fired, Layau Eulizier, while he was on the force in Manchester.

News 8 said on Tuesday that personnel records obtained by the station revealed Eulizier repeatedly showed “poor performance under stress, used unsafe tactics,” and a supervisor feared he might “hurt himself or someone else without vast improvements.”


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