Fam­ily of man killed by po­lice wants charges

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. >> The fam­ily of a man killed in July by Sacramento po­lice af­ter 911 callers re­ported he was wav­ing a knife and act­ing er­rat­i­cally de­manded Mon­day that two of­fi­cers face mur­der charges af­ter dash-cam video re­vealed they talked in­side their po­lice cruiser about run­ning him down. He dodged the cruiser twice and was shot 14 times less than a minute later by the same two of­fi­cers. The of­fi­cers “be­haved like big game hun­ters clos­ing in on an an­i­mal,” said John Bur­ris, a lawyer for the fam­ily of Joseph Mann, who was men­tally un­sta­ble and home­less.

The de­mand for the mur­der charges came as Los An­ge­les po­lice chief Charlie Beck de­fended his of­fi­cers in the fa­tal shoot­ings of a black man Satur­day who po­lice say was armed with a loaded semi-au­to­matic gun and a His­panic man on Sun­day who of­fi­cers say was wield­ing replica hand­gun.

The lat­est po­lice shoot­ings hap­pened amid height­ened ten­sions over po­lice ac­tions in­volv­ing black peo­ple and other mi­nori­ties across the coun­try, and fol­lowed two more po­lice shoot­ings by Cal­i­for­nia po­lice last week of black men in San Diego and Pasadena.

In the Sacramento case, po­lice have said Mann was wav­ing a knife in the air and do­ing karate moves in the streets just be­fore po­lice re­sponded. But Bur­ris told re­porters he was not threat­en­ing any­body and that the two of­fi­cers who shot him, John Ten­nis and Randy Lo­zoya, should face a U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment civil rights in­ves­ti­ga­tion in ad­di­tion to mur­der charges.

The of­fi­cers can be heard on the record­ing say­ing “I’m gonna hit him” and “OK, go for it” be­fore ap­pear­ing to drive their cruiser twice at Mann, who man­aged to scram­ble out of its way both times.

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