Family, Rev. Maupin stand with casket in support of Michelle Cusseaux investigation

PHOENIX - Michelle Cusseaux's family stood with a casket in front of City Hall on Friday with civil rights leader Rev. Jarrett Maupin during a scheduled press conference in downtown Phoenix.

Rev. Maupin, family and other officials planned to address the situation involving the mentally ill woman who was shot and killed by Phoenix police earlier this month as officers responded to a mental health call.

Cusseaux reportedly threatened officers during the incident, which led to the shooting death -- but her mother says she didn't mean for it to happen.

"It started to snowball. Depression, bipolar, schizophrenia," said Cusseaux's mother, Frances Garrett. "I did not ask for Michelle to become another statistic here, another homicide. I did not call them for that reason."

Following the incident, Rev. Maupin and the family agreed that there should be a second investigation into what happened. Garrett says police have had "ample time" to request an investigation, but have "failed to do it," according to a press release.

ABC15's Pete Suratos says that those rallying for Cusseaux still want an investigation, but also believe that officials should have more training with mental illnesses.

The group is pressing for a Monday deadline for an independent investigation to be called, otherwise they will bring it to the Department of Justice.

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Six pallbearers pushed the casket down several blocks of downtown Phoenix to the Department of Justice during the Friday gathering.

Police could not confirm whether Cusseaux's body was inside the casket.

The funeral is scheduled to be held Saturday morning.

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