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Downtown rally celebrates boy shot by San Antonio police officer

Activists and relatives held a rally on Thursday for a 13 year old boy fatally shot by a San Antonio police officer last week.

The group ACT 4 SA and relatives of A.J. Hernandez said their event was meant to “set the record straight” about the boy.

San Antonio police explained earlier this week that officers on June 3 responded to reports of shots fired and attempted to stop a vehicle.

An officer fired shots at the car after it struck the patrol vehicle. The boy, who was driving, was hit and later died at the hospital.

Ananda Tomas with ACT 4 SA told the crowd she wanted to see body camera footage.

“Not just partial footage, not just footage from certain officers as has been promised so far. This clearly brings in questions to ask SAPD protocols – were they followed?"

Police said the video associated with the case will not be released because of the boy’s age.

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Jia Chen is a freelance journalist and photographer for Texas Public Radio. She began with TPR working as the Bexar County selected Summer Arts Intern in 2021. Her coverage includes arts & culture, technology, politics, and more. She holds a BA in Communication from University of Texas at San Antonio and has lived in San Antonio for over 20 years.