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Remembering Lexington teen killed by cop 20 years later

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Friends and family in Lexington gathered together on Sunday to remember a Lexington teenager who was killed by a police officer 20 years ago.

“It makes 20 years since the death of Tony Sullivan, my brother,” said Jeremiah Sullivan.

In October 1994, 18-year-old Tony Sullivan was shot in the head by former Lexington Police Sergeant Phil Vogel who said his gun accidentally discharged while serving Sullivan with a felony warrant.

A grand jury chose not to indict the sergeant, sparking riots and chaos across Lexington.

Those riot scenes were similar to what we're now seeing in Ferguson, Missouri after an 18-year-old black man was shot and killed by a white police officer.

In light of these incidents, Tony's family and friends gathered together Sunday while also making the public aware of their rights when dealing with police.

“Just recognize that it's still going on and I mean even 20 years after my brother got killed, it’s ridiculous. You would figure that by now, things would change,” said Tony’s sister, Tanya Sullivan.

Change that they hope is brought about by unity, awareness and perseverance.


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