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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A small crowd gathered in front of the Allegheny County Court House outside District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office Friday afternoon holding signs and chanting “Justice for Mark Daniels.”
“We are here today to question the justified killing Zappala stated for Mark Daniels,” Sequaha Jeffries, Daniels’ sister, said.
Daniels, 39, was shot was shot and killed by Pittsburgh Police Officer Gino Macioce back in February near Frankstown and Brushton Avenues.
Macioce and another officer were conducting a foot patrol in the area. They say Daniels was acting suspicious as he ducked down an alley.
They say Daniels shot at them first and Macioce fired back, striking Daniels in the upper shoulder and hitting an artery.
Zappala said the shooting was justified because Daniels fired at cops. He talked about the case back in April and showed a portion of the video.
“What is certain at this point from the evidence, the officer was fired upon three times,” he said at the time.
“Mark Daniels did not shoot at the police. We only have partial evidence that Zappala has stated and we believe it’s untrue. Officer Gino Macioce lied about Mark Daniels shooting a gun. Once again, where is the evidence? We want the full video from all camera footage of that night,” Jeffries said.
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In May, the family filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Pittsburgh and Officer Macioce. Among the things they are asking for, they want to see the entire video from that day.
Zappala would say nothing more about the case Friday, nor did the city comment.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, protesters plan to march through the crime scene in Homewood where Daniels was shot and killed.