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Civil Rights group calls for FBI to investigate police shooting death of Ryan Stokes

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Ryan Stokes was shot and killed July 28, 2013 by a police officer near the Kansas City Power and Light District. (KCTV5) Ryan Stokes was shot and killed July 28, 2013 by a police officer near the Kansas City Power and Light District. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

There's a fresh push to open an old case involving a Kansas City police officer shooting and killing a man three years ago. 

Ryan Stokes was shot and killed July 28, 2013 by a police officer near the Kansas City Power and Light District.

Stokes, 23, was found with a cell phone and keys in his pocket. Police initially described the shooting as a standoff and indicated that Stokes had a gun.

In late July, the family of Ryan Stokes filed a lawsuit against the Kansas City Police Department. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Stokes' daughter and his mother, Narene James. 

James said she wants the FBI to investigate her son's shooting. 

Stokes' mother points to police photos showing bloody clothing and keys and no gun near his body.

"I said from day one...I know he didn't have a gun," James said. "Why shoot so fast, why shoot so quick?"

This week, she received the backing from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organization. The group will hold a vigil and press conference later Wednesday at the location of Stokes' death. 

"We believe it's best for an outside independent presence to bring truth in this case," said Dr. Vernon Howard, of the SCLC. 

The department says Stokes refused to stop and ignored their commands.

An officer drew his weapon, believing Stokes had a gun. That officer was worried about his own safety and the safety of his fellow officers approaching from another angle, according to the department.

Stokes' family believes if he was shot and killed following Ferguson, it would be "totally different" in terms of attention from the public and investigations. 

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