Union raffling gun to benefit officer who shot unarmed man

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Posted: Jul 28, 2015 6:24 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's police union is raffling off a pistol and other items to benefit an officer who has been on restricted duty since he fatally shot an unarmed burglary suspect in March.

The fundraiser is being held Aug. 8 for Alan Buford. He's been on desk duty since March 19 and is barred from working overtime or part-time jobs.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis tells Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1HWYxQO ) many officers depend on extra income from those jobs and Buford is having trouble paying his bills.

The union is raffling off a Glock 26 pistol and a television.

The attorney for Brandon Jones' family says it's offensive that the union is raffling off a gun similar to the one Buford was carrying when he shot Jones, who had just burglarized a convenience store.

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Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, http://www.cleveland.com