Corey Stingley's father speaks out at news conference

CREATED Jan. 15, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan. 15, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - A news conference regarding the death of 16 year old Corey Stingley was expected to be emotionally charged Wednesday evening.  

Craig Stingley, Corey's father, would take the podium and speak about losing his son, and the insult to injury after learning the county would not press charges against Corey's killers.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney looked at surveillance video and could not find evidence that the three men who held down the teen-aged shoplifter intended to harm him.  But, we're hearing from others who think John Chisholm's wrong. They include Milwaukee County Board supervisor David Bowen.

“There is a very thick line between a good Samaritan and a vigilante and 230 pounds on the lungs of a young man, that isn’t even developed yet for a prolonged period of time, that seems excessive to me," said Bowen.

Community activists like Mike Wilder planned to join the family at the news conference at Center Street Library at 2727 W. Fond du Lac.

“The fact that they were acting in good faith as Good Samaritans, I don’t buy that at all," said Wilder.

Some have compared the case to what happened to Trayvon Martin in Florida, a young, unarmed black man, now dead at the hands of white men trying to step in as good Samaritans.

“We feel like this is an ongoing cycle that needs to stop. Our black men are being killed. They’re kids, you know what I’m saying," said Wilder.

Craig Stingley is said to have video of the West Allis store where this all happened, and was expected to release it at the news conference.  Supporters would like to see Chisholm step down.  They would also like the federal government to step in and do their own investigation.