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California man shot and killed by police in grandmother's yard

Most of us can agree that law enforcement officers have difficult jobs that require them to put their lives on the line to protect public safety. In some cases, officers are required to use force or violence to arrest an uncooperative suspect or prevent a suspect from injuring themselves or others. Unfortunately, there are cases where police officers abuse their power and use excessive force during the arrest. As a result, many innocent people have been severely injured or killed unnecessarily. If you or a loved one has been a victim of police misconduct, you may want to determine if you can file a lawsuit to recover damages for your suffering.

One recent police shooting in California involved the death of a 22-year-old father in the backyard of his grandmother's home, where he had been staying after being released from jail. Police officers, as well as a Sheriff's Department helicopter, responded to the man's neighborhood after receiving a 911 call reporting vehicle break-ins in the area. The officers in the helicopter reportedly saw the man with a tool bar in one of the backyards and directed ground officers to approach the yard. The deputies in the helicopter also reported seeing the man use the tool bar to break a window, which police later said was actually the rear sliding glass door of a home, then jump a fence into his grandparents' yard next door. A cinder block and piece of aluminum have been recovered and taken into evidence, but these items have not yet been identified as the tool bar in question.

Officers apparently gave the man commands to stop and show his hands, but the man fled to the back of the home. Family members said that the front doorbell was broken, requiring family members to knock on the back window to be let in through the garage door.

Police pursued the man, who allegedly turned and advanced towards the officers with an object in front of him. The two officers claimed to believe this object to be a gun and fired 10 shots each. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The man was apparently unarmed and the object in his hands turned out to be a cellphone. Many people in the community, including the man's family, believe this is another instance of police misconduct where an officer used excessive force and killed someone unnecessarily.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Police fired 20 times at south Sacramento man fatally shot while holding a cellphone," Nashelly Chavez, Benjy Egel and Anita Chabria, March 24, 2018

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