An independent autopsy sought out by the family of Rob Adams, a 23-year-old Black man killed at the hands of police, revealed that he was shot seven times in the back, CBS Los Angeles reports.
Adams was fatally shot by San Bernardino police on July 16 while working at a local gambling business.
In surveillance video widely shared online of the incident, two officers can be seen hopping out of an unmarked car and chasing Adams before opening fire.
The victim's family alongside civil rights attorney Ben Crump said during a press conference that the autopsy confirmed what the video showed.
"So what does that tell us? That they were not threatened by a black man running away from them? There was no reason for them to shoot this black man running away from them, seven times," Crump said.
Adam's mother, Tamika King, was on the phone with her son as the shooting unfolded last month.
"When I say this is pain, literally, I am in pain," King said at the press conference. "I won't see my son walk through that door no more, I won't see his beautiful smile, I won't have his love and loyalty that he had for his family no more."
According to San Bernardino PD, the officers who shot and killed Adams were from a specialized undercover unit and responding to reports about an armed man stationed behind an illegal gambling facility.
The department alleges that Adams was armed as he approached officers at the scene, while the victim's friend, who witnessed the incident, claims the 23-year-old was unarmed and that police didn't identify themselves.
"If there was a 911 call, why would you show up with undercover police officers, why wouldn't you show up with an identifiable marked police vehicle so Rob and everybody else would know this was the police?" Crump questioned during the press conference.
As Crump and Adam's loved ones are continuing to call for "Justice for Rob," the police department said it had "no comment" on the family's independent autopsy, per CBS Los Angeles.
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