‘Why the F*** Did You Guys Shoot Him?’: Witnesses React to Police Fatally Shooting Suspect

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police shootingA video captured by a California teenager shows the fatal police shooting of a suspect Tuesday as well as the raw reaction by the girl who filmed the confrontation.

“Why the f*** did you guys shoot him?” Yoanna Prieto, 19, screamed at officers in the video. “F***ing idiots! You guys are f***ing idiots!”

The officers were first called to the scene after a woman reported the unidentified man exposed himself. The woman claimed that he had attempted to force his way into the central California resident’s home and even tried to kill her dog. But so far there is no evidence arguing for what, if anything, happened. As well, based on the bizarre report to the 911 operator, if these allegations are true, it would seem that the man in question was mentally ill and in need of psychiatric attention. Unfortunately, instead, he received four fatal bullet wounds.

“Officers found the man walking down the street with gardening shears in his hand,” Salinas police Cmdr. Vince Maiorana, said to the local Monterey Herald.

“Officers end up talking to this individual, trying to find out what he’s doing and what the situation was based upon the original 911 call,” he elaborated. “This individual started to wave the gardening shears at the officers. We tried to deploy a Taser; the Taser did not work and as the officers tried to detain this individual, this individual pulled the gardening shears and actually attacked the officers with the gardening shears.

“In response, the officers, fearing for their personal safety, shot this individual and he is now deceased,” Maiorana said finally.

The video of the incident quickly went viral on YouTube and social media, after Prieto uploaded footage on her personal Facebook page. From there it began spreading like wildfire. According to the Herald, Prieto provided the footage to officers even before posting it online.

The video shows a graphic account of the incident and does not make it clear that the police were being attacked at all. The man does seem to want to get away from officers, but there does not seem to be any attack nor any reason why he could not have been subdued by less-than-lethal means, such as a taser. Still, Maiorana said both cops fired at the man, and that “There’s some split-second decisions that have to be made by the officer. When the officer commanded this individual to drop the shears and to get down on the ground, this individual actually attacked the officer with the gardening shears.”

Watch the video below and see for yourself…



Reprinted with permission from Political Blind Spot