‘F**k this Guy, I’m Going to Hit Him’ — Cops Kill Homeless Man on Video, Get No Charges
Article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office on Friday found the 2016 killing of a homeless black man by police was justified, and that two officers lawfully shot 18 times at the man after he wielded a knife and ignored their commands.
District Attorney Anne-Marie Schubert said Joseph Mann, 51, rushed toward civilians and businesses and taunted pursuing officers before being shot and killed. The 12-page report clears officers John Tennis and Randy Lozoya and notes that Mann was armed with a knife and had methamphetamine in his system.
Schubert said the officers were “permitted to use deadly force to arrest” Mann on the morning of July 11, 2016.
“Considering how he was running, waving his knife around and refusing to surrender, there was a substantial risk that he would cause death or serious bodily injury to others if his apprehension was further delayed,” the report states.
The police shooting sparked public outrage in October after the police department released dashboard-camera video depicting a Sacramento police officer saying “fuck this guy” moments before Mann’s death. The department only released the video after being pressured by the Sacramento City Council and civil rights activists.
The video showed Mann dodging police and darting across a North Sacramento boulevard as officers appear to be trying to hit him with their police cruisers.
“I am going to hit him,” one officer says.
“Go for it,” another officer responds.