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Explicit video surfaces showing CVS shoplifter beaten to death

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Graphic new surveillance video posted on a website shows the deadly fate of a man accused of stealing toothpaste from a little village CVS store. The accused shoplifter was beaten and choked to death and it was all caught on tape

At this hour, Congressman Bobby Rush is preparing a letter to send to Cook County's Chief Judge Timothy Evans asking him to open a special investigation into the death that was ruled an accident.

Rush says the tape shows otherwise and the defendant's mother agrees.

Surveillance video posted on DNAInfoChicago.com shows 35-year-old Anthony Kyser's last minutes before he died. For the first time, the public is seeing what police determined was an accident not murder moments after Kyser reportedly shoplifted toothpaste at a Little Village CVS store. The video shows the store's manager following Kyser out the store and ultimately choking him to death.

FOX 32's Tisha Lewis spoke with Kyser's mother who said, three years later, she's still coping with pain of losing her youngest son.

"It cuts like a knife," Ann Kyser said of her son's passing. " I would have to live with this for the rest of my life and I think it was injustice that that gentleman is still walking the streets when I will never see mine again."

DNA Info Chicago identifies the CVS store manager as Pedro Villanova and said Villanova told the website that, "he held onto Anthony Kyser on the ground while defending himself after being struck."

The surveillance video went live online Thursday morning reigniting Congressman Bobby Rush's dismay with the investigation.

"The fact that now we have video that shows emphatically that he was lying on the ground and some people strangled him, kicked him and choked him and at the end of that episode he lay still, he was killed, right there on the spot," Rush says.

Rush says Kyser's death was no accident. He's demanding a special investigation and urging the States Attorneys Office, once again, to revisit the case.

"She told me in response to a letter I sent her asking her to investigate it that she would not bend to any politics and we were asking for justice," says Rush.

There is a civil case working its way through the court system. CVS does not comment on the ongoing litigation. The States Attorney's Office did not respond to our request for comment on this case.

Congressman rush says he will send his request for a special investigation Friday morning.

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