Lawsuit filed in Antonio Parra's death

(Cleveland) - This morning, Andrea Parra filed a lawsuit in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas against Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, alleging that these public officials intentionally covered up for gang-related crimes involving the Mayor’s grandsons.

According to the lawsuit, the Mayor’s obstruction of justice directly caused the murder of Ms. Parra’s son, Antonio Parra, a 30-year-old father of a 9-year-old daughter who was shot to death in broad daylight, in what Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley called “a very brutal homicide,” by two men who fled the scene in a car registered to the Mayor’s grandson, Frank Q. Jackson.

Antonio Parra was gunned down in August at a store on Cleveland's west side as he was preparing to start a new restaurant job in downtown Cleveland. She says he was there to purchase a uniform.

Witnesses said the killing was done by two men, who sped away in a car registered to Frank Q. Jackson, the mayor's grandson. Ms. Parra is accusing Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams of obstruction of justice and told 3News she wants answers, as her son's murder remains unsolved.

In the Complaint, Parra alleges that the Mayor has knowingly and repeatedly used the influence of his public office to obstruct the investigation and prosecution of cases involving his grandsons despite his knowledge of their proclivity toward violent and gang-related crime.

Parra claims, due to the Mayor’s interference, the police failed to question Jackson or take him into custody on the date of her son’s murder, failed to conduct a gunshot residue test that would have shown if Jackson had fired a gun, and failed to record their interactions with the Jacksons on their body cameras, all despite established departmental policies and procedures to the contrary.

Peter Pattakos who is Parra's attorney maintains, the Mayor and Cleveland’s Chief of Police Calvin Williams have refused to appoint an independent investigation into Parra’s murder despite the obvious conflicts of interest and despite demands from citizens, public officials, and the press.

According to Pattakos, "Ms. Parra, her granddaughter, and the public are entitled to answers about the Mayor’s shocking lack of accountability here. Nothing will bring Antonio back to life but we can at least obtain some justice for his family in Ohio’s courts and help ensure that criminal laws are equally enforced throughout the City, County, and State regardless of a suspect’s status or family connections. We encourage anyone with information about the Mayor’s efforts to cover up for his grandsons to contact us and we will do our best to protect your confidentiality to the fullest extent allowed by law.”

(Photo provided by the Pattakos Law Firm)

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