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Victim of officer-involved shooting discusses Use of Force Board resignations

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On Wednesday, the co-chair and four members of a board responsible for making recommendations after an officer-involved shooting resigned, citing a recent decision to suspend an officer rather than fire him.

FOX5 spoke with the victim of that shooting, Lawrence Gordon, for his take on the fallout from Sheriff Doug Gillespie's decision.

"If there's people resigning inside that know it was wrong, then they shouldn't just discredit my name and say I'm doing this and I'm doing that," Gordon, who was shot by a LVMPD officer in November, said.

Gordon, 22, is happy others are protesting Gillespie's decision to keep the officer who shot him employed.

"But at the same time it just sucks that other people have to resign or lose their job and what they've been doing for awhile and their passion over a situation that could have been resolved properly," Gordon said.

Gordon was shot in the leg by Officer Jacquar Roston after police said Gordon did not respond to commands and instead grabbed his hat. Roston said he mistook the hat for a weapon, because a sticker on it reflected light.

Now Gordon's life will never be the same.

"I still have like permanent nerve damage down my leg. The doctor said if my nerves haven't came back, then they won't," Gordon said.

Lawrence Gordon's father, Lawrence Gordon Sr., is especially concerned about his son's future, since now he can't work a job that requires him to stand for long hours.

"A big bill, though, the bill is still there. In case one of the rods or one of the bolts gets loosened, or something happened like that, due to the surgery and the accident ... who's going to pay for that?" Gordon Sr. asked.

While both father and son are encouraged with news of board members resigning, seeing Roston terminated is only one of many things they would like to see the sheriff and his department do.

"Actually having actions behind the words by helping me out and giving the reports, where I can go to physical therapy, where I can get the treatment that I need [is what I'm looking for from Metro]," Gordon told FOX5.

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