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Texas family suing police, hires Trayvon Martin's attorney

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 11:39am

For the first time since a Supreme Court ruling in their favor, the family of minor league baseball player Robbie Tolan talked to reporters on Monday. Tolan was shot by a Bellaire police officer in 2008.

Now the family has asked an attorney who represented Trayvon Martin's family to join their legal team.

The Supreme Court ordered the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to take another look at Tolan's civil suit. The minor league baseball player was unarmed and was shot on his front porch by Bellaire Police Officer Sgt. Jeffrey Cotton on New Year's Eve 2008. Cotton was acquitted of aggravated assault. Attorney Benjamin Crump says a unanimous Supreme Court decision is historic.

"It is miraculous when they rule in your favor. It is not something that happens every day."

The family claims Tolan's civil rights were violated. Two members of Congress will ask the U.S. Justice Department to investigate. but the members of Congress also want peaceful protests calling for a new trial for Tolan. Tolan says the decision is a blessing.

"I want to thank everyone for their support. those who have and haven't supported us is why we've gone this far," said Tolan.

Tolan says his case is still alive because of the endless work and encouragement of his mother. She says she wants laws changed.

CNN affiliate KPRC checked with the Bellaire Police. They are not commenting on the investigation.

Tolan's attorneys say he continues to suffer from the after-effects of being shot.   

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