BALTIMORE - Nearly three months after a man died after a traffic stop in Northeast Baltimore, his family members say Baltimore City Police are trying to cover up what happened.
Tyrone West died on July 18. So far the Medical Examiner’s Office has not released a cause of death, and police have not announced any findings.
Family members marched outside of City Hall on Wednesday, chanting, “Stop the lies -- Tyrone west didn't have to die" and “No justice, no peace.”
“We respect the police but we do not respect rogue and corrupt cops,” said George Peoples, West’s uncle.
Cell phone videos of the incident show multiple officers at the scene. After the incident witnesses told ABC-2 News they saw officers kicking and punching West even after he'd stopped moving.
“I feel as though they're covering up. That's what I feel,” said his sister, Tawanda Jones.
West’s family has decided to hold what they're calling "West Wednesdays" -- rallying once a week, trying to keep people from forgetting about the case.
“you never know it could be you. It could be your nephew, your cousin, your father, your brother, your grandfather it could be your family member,” said West’s cousin Jamie Richardson.
And they say they don’t trust police to investigate themselves in the case.
“They cover up these things and then after a while they come back and say the officers acted within reason and they let it go. And then they leave it for somebody else's family to go through the same type of pain," Jones said.
On Wednesday a spokesman for the Baltimore City Police Department said he could not comment on the investigation.
It's being conducted by the department's "Professional Standards and Accountability Bureau" -- which is the Baltimore Police version of internal affairs -- along with the Baltimore City State's Attorney's office.
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