California Makes Police Shooting Video Public

California Makes Police Shooting Video Public

The structural violence against the common public by police continues in the nation. The newly released video points out another incidence of police shooting at an unarmed man and the clip were classified for two years. California court has forced the police department to release the video. Gardena police can be seen firing on two men in the video which resulted in the death of one. Two dashboard cameras managed to capture the whole scene. The legal basis of these extrajudicial killings is being questioned now.  A CVS store reported a theft of bicycle on June 2, 2013.
The court documents revealed that officers were ‘working’ on that case. Video shows that police asked three men to keep their hands up and cooperate. Ricardo Diaz Zeferino looks bit confused about the situation and keeps moving along. Police warn him again and panicked man takes off his cap and lowers the arm. Suddenly the gunfire begins and we can see the bullet hitting Zeferino. Eutiquio Acevedo Mendez was also the one among the victim but he survived the firing somehow.  The city of Gardena will now have to pay $4.7 million as a settlement to the issue. The city administration also tried to prevent the release of same video.
Stephen Wilson, US District judge ruled that the administration spent tax payers money to hide the video from public. The release of video is in the public’s interest. It is absolutely not acceptable to hide video to prevent the embarrassment and hide the wrongdoings.

 

 

 

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