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Groups want inquiry into boy shot and killed by police

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

The Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP are calling on the Mass., Attorney General Martha Coakley to conduct an inquiry into a 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot in New Bedford by police.

On May 17 New Bedford police stopped Malcolm Gracia for allegedly exchanging a gang style handshake. During the altercation Gracia stabbed a police detective in the chest several times, as a result police shot Gracia six times, killing him.

In July, the Bristol County District Attorney's office said the police were justified in shooting the boy. The groups now want answers as to why the stop was initiated in the first place.

On Monday the groups along with the Massachusetts Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and WilmerHale law firm have announced they will hold a press conference on Monday to review the District Attorney's report and call for further inquiry.

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