Police send prosecutor investigative report in Brandon Coleman's death

Monday, July 29, 2013 | 5:09 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The police investigation into Brandon Coleman's death has been sent to the Boone County prosecutor for review. 

Columbia Police Department spokesman Joe Bernhard said the department sent the case to the prosecutor's office for review Friday after completing a "deep and thorough investigation."  

Bernhard said the materials contain all the evidence and information the department gathered during its investigation, which it conducted for more than two months.

Coleman, 25, was fatally shot about 3:15 a.m. May 19 after a disturbance near the corner of North Ann Street and Hinkson Avenue. No arrests have been made in connection to his death. 

Mary Ratliff, president of the Missouri NAACP and the Columbia branch, said the NAACP is meeting Tuesday to plan its "Justice for Brandon" rally and march, which will be held at noon Saturday.

The NAACP is holding the march to protest the lack of arrests in the case. Police officers said they were trying to determine whether or not the suspect in the case had acted in self-defense. 

Coleman was black, while the suspect in the shooting is white. Ratliff said she suspected an arrest would have been made if a black suspect shot a white victim. 

"We believe that had the situation been reversed, an arrest would have been made," Ratliff said. "We have to stay with it and keep fighting." 

Attendees will assemble at Second Baptist Church on 407 E. Broadway and march to the Boone County Courthouse Plaza. 

Ratliff has said the NAACP will cancel the march if an arrest is made

 Supervising editor is John Schneller

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