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Victim's family calling for CPD to hand over their loved ones case since mayor's grandson is suspect

Posted: 10:34 PM, Sep 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-11 23:22:03-04
Frank Q. Jackson

CLEVELAND — She's not only devastated, she's frustrated.

"I feel like I'm just being shoved to the side, just shoved to the side like they don't care," said Andrea Parra,

Andrea Parra's son, Antonio Parra, was killed two weeks ago near West 51st Street and Clark Avenue in broad daylight. Since then, she said Cleveland police haven't reached out

"Have not called me not once, Not once and said nothing," said Andrea Parra.

Parra says there is no way her son will ever get justice as long as CPD is handling the case now that Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's grandson is a suspect.

"I wish someone else would take over the investigation because I don't think we're going to have a fair chance," she said.

Authorities have already confiscated a car linked to Frank Q. Jackson in connection with the investigation after a witness reported that car's license plate driving away from the crime scene.

"I cry, but it's hard for me to cry because I feel like if I cry I'm not helping him," said Parra. "I've got to stay strong and do what I can to fight for my child."

Several council members and the county prosecutor are sharing Parra's sentiments calling for CPD to hand over the case.

"Let's have the transparency. Let's bring in an outside investigator and let the chips fall where they may," said Councilman Mike Polensek.

"If we do not find and arrest any suspects there will always be significant questions as was this investigation conducted as it should have been because of the potential conflict," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley.

Prosecutors say Jackson is indeed a suspect in this case, but he has not been formally charged with anything.

The Cleveland Police Chief is the only person who can make the call to turn this investigation over to another law enforcement agency.

As of right now, a spokesperson for the department says they don't have any plans to do that.

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