Family of man who ran over Waco officer seeks answers in shooting death

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The family of the North Waco man who was shot after police said he ran over one of their officers held a press conference Thursday morning.

They wanted to share a different perspective on what happened earlier this month.

Activists as well as family and friends of 37-year-old Kerry Bradley gathered at the Yes Lord Destiny Center located at 1512 North 15th Street in Waco.

The press conference was organized by Dallas based social justice group Next Generation Action Network.

"We want justice for this family," said the organization's president, Dominique Alexander.

Alexander said the meeting was held because the group felt the information being released from the incident was inaccurate.

"This was an egregious act by the Waco Police Department and they murdered Kerry Bradley," said Alexander,

According to the Waco Police Department, Officer William Graeber was assisting in a drug warrant traffic stop on Bradley on August 1.

Authorities said Graeber was walking toward Bradley's SUV when he was run down and pinned sustaining serious injuries.

Police say other officers then open fire on Bradley.

Bradley's family claims witnesses on the scene said the officer was struck after Bradley had been shot multiple times by officers.

"Witnesses are saying that the car never moved forward until the shots were fired," said Alexander.

The incident is currently undergoing a co-investigation from the Texas Rangers and the Special Crimes Unit.

The group however said they want a different agency to investigate because witnesses are too afraid to come forward with information.

The Next Generation Action Network's attorney, Kim T. Cole, also said at the meeting that Bradley's criminal history was depicting him unfairly in the incident.

"Whether or not he was ever guilty of everything that's alleged we'll never know because he wasn't given the opportunity to see a day in court," said Cole.

Waco Police Chief Ryan Holt released a statement Thursday afternoon in response to the press conference.

“Any death, regardless of the circumstances, is a tragedy. As I have said before, I ask that the thoughts and prayers of the community be with the Bradley family as they grieve their loss and with Officer Graeber and his family as they move through a lengthy recovery. We will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation being conducted by the Texas Rangers and the Special Crimes Unit. It would be inappropriate and premature for me to comment on the status of the investigation before it is presented to the District Attorney’s Office. The Waco Police Department will continue to work closely with local community leaders to make Waco a safe place for all its residents," said Holt.

Funeral services for Bradley have been arranged at the Carver Baptist Church Saturday beginning 1 p.m.