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Calif. Officer Shoots, Kills Homeless Man

A Santa Ana (Calif.) Police officer now faces an investigation for fatally shooting a homeless man at a shopping center on Tuesday. Read the full story here.

August 02, 2013

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Sgt. Mike @ 8/4/2013 3:42 AM

The video has some credible value to the investigation, but by its self it is not a story. This news team is using the video to drive ratings, and I guess we can't blame them for that, its part of our society like it or not. That said, NOTHING in this video nor this video as a whole can be used to draw any conclusion as to the legality of this LE action.

I wish the Officer, the Subject's family and the agency well, and hope those in this matter get their answers soon.

plato's playdough @ 8/5/2013 2:53 AM

I believe the article could have been titled "Officer forced to shoot a convicted burglar, currently wanted per a recent Robbery." That's what the video says. Subject demonstrated hostility by speech and demeanor, defiant of Officer's command. What would plan B have been, holster the weapon and let him pound you to the ground before the taser could be deployed? His mommy and daddy should have taught him manners. The choice to title the article as read above alludes to a paradigm within so-called news reporting agencies, from which we may induce a particular agenda of far more concern than a mission to "drive ratings."

As it turned out, as heartless as it may sound, the next perp may have reason to think again before he says "whatch gonna do bitch."

Assuming reason may perchance be his strong suite.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/5/2013 5:13 PM

This officer had no justifiable provocation for deadly force and shot an unarmed man who may not have been verbally compliant but did nothing to threaten the officer. There are so many other lower levels of the use of force continuum that should have been tried first instead of going directly to deadly force. A verbal challenge by any suspect never justifies use of deadly force unless it is backed up by the eminent threat of deadly force by the suspect. It is easy to see the Officer was scared to death and was poorly trained to deal with difficult people. This officer is in the wrong line of business and not properly qualified to handle serious situations alone.

Bluevixen @ 8/5/2013 6:13 PM

I'm curious, how is he a "witness" or am I missing something. It appears to me that from the angle in which the video is being recorded his vision is more than obstructed. It appears to me that he is repeating something he heard from others because you hear him on the video saying "why did she shoot him?" Yet his video is never in a position to see the actual shooting.

Leanna @ 8/5/2013 6:28 PM

Hope she was wearing a camera/data recorder...the use of deadly force always strikes a hard cord with everyone involved. As previously mentioned, this video in and of itself does not prove or disprove anything, the audio was garbled and I'm sure the FBI's Forensic Unit can clean it up. It's a hard call when to use deadly force. If you hesitate to long, your dead. You fire to soon, your dead (literally). It looks like the call went sideways from the moment that parolee walked into the area, and now with the likes of AB109 and SB x3 18 (non revocable parole) it has lead to an increase in crime here in CA and is putting both community and LEO's in harms way...Bet money he was a parole violator, and I would like to see his entire rap sheet (book)..& for most who usually comment on deadly force have not walked in a LEO's shoes, nor would they--they leave it to someone else. (besides 95% of Police Officers haven't used their gun, there are those, that 5% that have).in closing, glad it was a female officer, you know what they say..don't mess with a woman with a loaded gun!

Renee @ 8/6/2013 3:45 AM

I hope this is not another case of an overzealous officer angry because she was called a b*tch! It's hard to make a true call from the angle we are given.

Nichole @ 8/6/2013 5:16 AM

This video is short and not completely incriminating either way.

The biggest problem I have is that they guy who had the video decided to take it to the media FIRST... not to the police. And then we want to cry and whine and piss and moan about the "sensationalist media"... WE'RE THE ONES THAT MAKE THEM THAT WAY!

Phil @ 8/6/2013 6:09 AM

I'm sorry but this video does not show anything. I have watched it numerous times and you can't see anything. With the people standing in the way and the distance from the scene it does not tell the story at all. You don't know what actually took place when the officer confronted the subject. This makes you ask more questions than it answers. Sgt Mike is right the news in their never ending quest to make news is pushing this incident in the typical wrong direction. Let's wait until the investigation is completed before we hang the 13 year veteran PO.

SoBayCop @ 8/12/2013 12:43 PM

I agree with Phil, I can't see anything in this video. We wear VieVu's at our agency and I agree with Leanna that I hope the Santa Ana PD equips their Officers with similar video recording devices, body worn or dash cam.

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