San Francisco police face no charges in death of man shot from behind
District attorney reads sleuths Eric Reboli and Craig Tiffe shot Guatemalan immigrant Amilcar Perez-Lopez, 21, five times in the back in self-defense
Two San Francisco police detectives will not look criminal charges for the 2015 killing of a young Guatemalan immigrant who was shot from behind five times, lawyers added Wednesday.
Detectives Eric Reboli and Craig Tiffe feared for their lives and shoot in self-defense after struggling with Amilcar Perez-Lopez, 20, who lunged at one of them with a 12 in spear, the San Francisco district attorney said in a report. This account was are contrary to a number of eyewitness in a 2015 Guardian investigation into the shooting.
The plainclothes detectives were in an unmarked prowl car when they answered on 26 February 2015 to a report of a humankind chasing another man with a spear. Reboli jailed the man going chased and Tiffe grabbed Perez-Lopez, according to the paper. Tiffe told investigates that Perez-Lopez declined from Tiffes grasp and then lunged at him with the spear while the other policeman was coming to help.
An autopsy established Perez-Lopez was shot five times from behind and a sixth time in the side by both policemen, who pointed up standing side-by-side as Perez-Lopez rolled toward Tiffe, according to the paper.
Investigators concluded that Perez-Lopez became rapidly right before the shooting started, explaining why he was shot in the back.
Arnoldo Casillas, a lawyer who represents Perez-Lopezs family, did not return a telephone letter striving note.
In 2015, Casillas entered a improper extinction prosecution on behalf of the family against the city, arguing that the plainclothes officers had not recognized themselves and Perez-Lopez was running away from them when he was shot.
In 2009, Tiffe and Reboli were called in a civil lawsuit alleging police inhumanity. David Magana, a Latino, claimed that four officers from the SFPD beat him with their hands, fists, nightsticks and knocked him with their boots all over his figure after mistakenly recognizing him as a suspect, according to legal documents. The speciman was eventually dismissed.
On Wednesday, the decision to clear the officers in the Perez-Lopez case was praised by the San Francisco Police Officers Association union, which represents the sleuths.
We cannot cause this pain be a wedge between us, the union president, Martin Halloran, added. Instead, it is appropriate to cause us working in conjunction as a community to prevent future tragedies from taking place. This implies putting in place smart the development of policies and establishing 21 st-century tools that they are able to safeguard both the public and police officer.
The report came as the San Francisco district attorney, George Gascon, has faced mounting stres to clear a backlog of investigations into 11 lethal shootings by San Francisco police officer over the last three years. The decision Wednesday was his first involving lethal police shootings in more than two years.
Gascon wants its term of office to conduct all investigations of officer-involved shootings in the city, taken away from for a police district rocked by lethal shootings of suspects armed with knives or a stun firearm, or driving a stolen car.
The previous San Francisco police chief, Greg Suhr, resigned last time after a woman driving a stolen car was shot dead and the US Department of Justice late last year issued 200 recommendations for reforms of the police district. The brand-new honcho, Bill Scott, has pledged to implement the recommendations rapidly.
Gascon attained funding to create a brand-new contingent of six lawyers and six investigates to investigate police shootings and inmate death toll of the county jail.