The policeman could not climb over the fence and therefore shot in the head a runaway teenager The authorities approve of this approach
A few days earlier, a video of a fatal shooting by a policeman of a minor teenager was released. The video from the officer’s body camera and outdoor surveillance cameras clearly demonstrate how the policeman used lethal force, for no reason, but the higher management has a different opinion.
"The use of lethal force in this case occurred while officers were investigating a homicide. The 16-year-old in this case was involved in the homicide with his brother and the brother was later arrested and pled guilty," Fresno Police Chief Andrew Hall said. The video represents a different vantage point and was not what the pursuing officers could see. The 16-year-old was also known to carry firearms and had jumped a fence into a child daycare center."
The incident occurred back in 2017, but the lawyer of the murdered man was able to get recordings from the cameras only now. It was reported that at that time the police in Fresno, California, investigated the murder case and detained a car with people who might have been involved in this case. One of them was the 16-year-old Isiah Murrietta Golding.
The body camera recorded how the officer orders the teenager to obey the arrest, but the guy escapes. Having run several quarters, the suspect climbed over the fence and the officer, seeing insurmountable obstacles that would enable him to catch up with the victim, decides that the bullet will catch up and shoot. The bullet hits the back of the head of Golding and after 3 days he died.
The partner of the shooter, admired the hit and in the frames you can hear him saying "good shot."
For many months, law enforcement agencies and experts studied the details of this incident and agreed that shooting an unarmed, fleeing teenager was a necessary measure. What the lawyer, Stuart Chandler and the family of the deceased fundamentally disagree with. In 2018, a divorced couple filed lawsuits against the police.
"The fact that the police department and the city of Fresno's police auditor all agreed that this shooting was justified is troubling in light of the video that clearly shows that it's not," Chandler told CNN.
Andrew Hall told CNN affiliate KSEE that various checks of the situation and the assessment of other departments concluded that shooting at an unarmed child was justified. Amid the regular killings of peaceful American citizens by the hands of police officers across the country, this two-year-old case sets a precedent for the next impunity of law enforcement after using weapons.