Activists interrupt city council meeting, demanding change in wake of Alva Braziel shooting

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Group threatens to shut down city over officer-involved shootings. (KTRK)

More than a dozen activists interrupted Houston's City Council meeting Tuesday, asking for transparency and change following the deadly shooting of Alva Braziel.

The group threatened to disrupt Super Bowl LI in Houston if the city doesn't change how it handles police shootings.

Braziel was shot and killed by Houston police last month near Cullen Boulevard and Ward Street. Officers claimed he pointed a gun at them, but officers turned their body cameras on after they shot Braziel. The city did release video showing the moments after the shooting where Braziel does have a gun in his hand.

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"What we need is an independent citizen's review board with subpoena power. What we need is proportionate community policing," said activist, Anthony Collier. "What we need is a transparent body camera policy."

Protesters are also demanding that all police videos be released unedited within 24 hours of an officer-involved shooting.

The protest forced Mayor Sylvester Turner to call the meeting into recess for nearly 10 minutes.

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