Utica Police are speaking out on the investigation into the death of six-year old Qasir Lee Brown, who was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on Boyce Avenue.

Police say while it's not standard procedure to comment on an ongoing investigation, it is important to clarify inaccurate information that has spread across the media.

A joint statement issued today by Mayor Robert Palmieri, Police Chief Mark Williams and Councilman Bill Phillips states any notion that the UPD is quote -- "covering this up" is completely false.

Police say they've met with Qasir's family several times and the UPD's Criminal Investigation Division has and will continue to thoroughly investigate the incident.

There have been claims the driver was traveling at a high speed and intentionally "mowed down" Qasir.

Police say they have a video which shows a portion of the accident.  They say in coordination with the Oneida County District Attorney's Office and once Qasir's family has an opportunity to view it first, the video will be released, which shows the vehicle backing out of a driveway.

Palmieri, Williams and Phillips say to compare the tragic accident to what occurred in Charlottesville is inaccurate, unfair and reckless.

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