Community leaders seek justice for man shot, paralyzed during police traffic stop

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Community leaders are asking for justice for a young man who was shot and paralyzed during a police traffic stop.

Leon Ford was shot and paralyzed during a police traffic stop in Stanton Heights in November 2012.

The Alliance for Police Accountability is a group working to end racial profiling and police brutality through education.

On Saturday the group stood up for Ford, who is facing criminal charges that could put him behind bars for 20 years.

“Before I got shot I would get pulled over all the time, but one time changed my life forever,” said Ford.

Ford will head to trial on charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest on May 5.