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The family of Ryo Oyamada decried an apparent "lack of political will" to hold the NYPD accountable for killing him.


"Very slowly, and gradually, we will work until the truth comes out."


The NYPD purposefully destroyed evidence, failed to properly investigate the crash, and engaged in a "cover-up," according to a set of recently filed court documents.


The family's attorney has viewed security camera footage that he says contradicts the NYPD's statements to the press.


New evidence initially withheld by the City may show that the NYPD intentionally botched the investigation into Oyamada's death, and that the officer operating the cruiser was allowed to drive despite a poor driving record.


The Oyamada family is still prohibited from viewing the materials of the investigation, including public documents and video footage that the NYPD claims will exculpate their officers.


They have filed an $8 million lawsuit against the NYPD, and say they will not rest until they get an 'honest explanation' as to what happened the night of Ryo Oyamada's death.


Witnesses and those nearby when Oyamada was killed say that the police car was traveling at a high rate of speed and without its lights or sirens on. The NYPD disputes this.


"We need the public's help. We need these witnesses to come forward."


The Oyamadas are suing the city for $8 million, and they're demanding the NYPD disclose any surveillance tapes or other evidence they're withholding from the night of the crash.