Family members of a 19-year-old Pleasantville man shot by police after authorities said he charged an officer with a knife will hold a demonstration at City Hall at 11 a.m. today to ask for more information on the investigation.

Jessie Perez — the sister-in-law of Alexis Yamil Perez, said residents will gather at the park on Park Avenue in Pleasantville at 11 a.m. Wednesday and march to City Hall.

Perez was shot by four officers in front of his home on April 22. Authorities said Perez called 911 and that when officers arrived he charged at one with a knife. Perez’s parents told The Press of Atlantic City they witnessed the shooting and said he did not move toward the officers.

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Jessie Perez said the family wants answers about the investigation and the status of the four officers. A group of residents also demonstrated at Monday’s City Council meeting to protest alleged police brutality — partially because of this incident and others they said have occurred.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the fatal shooting, and Pleasantville police are not involved, as required under state attorney general guidelines. The Prosecutor’s Office will hire an independent expert in ballistics, police use of force and shooting-scene reconstruction.

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