NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- Family members and friends of a man shot and killed by police in West Haven last week held a protest on Tuesday afternoon, calling for justice.
Nearly one week ago, 19-year-old Mubarak Soulemane was shot by police following a carjacking in and high-speed chase.
According to state police, Soulemane stole a car at knife point in Norwalk Wednesday afternoon. He then got onto I-95 leading police on a high-speed chase into West Haven. During the chase, Soulemane was seen driving on the shoulder and the center median, and ended up hitting two state police cruisers as well.
Police said Soulemane got off at exit 43 and hit another car before troopers boxed him in.
Officers tried tasing him, and police said when Soulemane reached for something, determined to be a knife, that’s when Trooper Brian North fired his gun.
Soulemane’s family is calling for Trooper North to be indicted or fired, a press release said.
According to the family, Soulemane suffered from Schizophrenia, which they said “fills the mind with invasive and vile thoughts.”
"Our Mubarak was someone who could light up the room with his genuine smile and open heart. His light was craved by many because he was a respectable, thoughtful and kind human being. Mubarak was the kind of person who would provide shelter for a friend because they had no other place to stay,” his sister Mariyann said in a press release.
Family members say regardless of what happened leading up to the chase and shooting, he didn't deserve to die.
“All I want is justice. I want justice," said Omo Klusum Mohammad, Soulemane's mother.
On Tuesday morning, she and other family members joined the Greater New Haven Clergy Association and met with the state's Public Safety commissioner.
“I give them credit for having us and having a discussion with us and trying to understand what we’re going through, but this is the first step and I think its going to be a long ride," said Salemanu Mohammad, Soulemane's uncle.
The Middlesex State’s Attorney and investigators with the Department of Criminal Justice are heading up the investigation, though the family wants the U.S. Attorney’s Office to get involved.
Initially the New London State's Attorney was part of the investigation, however he's preparing for a triple murder trial in March, which is expected to be lengthy.
“We talked to the commissioner about de-escalation training and they are willing to do more. We talked to them about culture diversity training, implicit bias," said Rev. Boise Kimber, of First Calvary Baptist Church.
Trooper North is on desk duty while the investigation plays out, but for the family and the faith leaders, that's not good enough.
“Justice for me, I want the officer to stop working today. He needs to step out until we go on with the investigation," Klusum Mohammad said.
The Department of Public Safety and the Division of Criminal Justice have said this will be a transparent investigation.