Video captures a man being shot to death by police and the raw, emotional reaction by the teen filming it on Tuesday, according to TheBlaze.
Yoanna Prieto, 19, captured the moment when police were talking to a man then fatally shot him in central California. “Why the f*ck did you guys shoot him?!” Prieto screamed, “You f*cking idiots! You guys are f*cking idiots!”
Police were responding to a report from a woman who claimed the man had exposed himself, then tried to force his way into her home and also tried to kill her dog. When they arrived at the scene they found the unidentified man walking down the street with a pair of gardening shears in his hand.
According to Salinas Police Cmdr. Vince Maiorana, “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. 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.”
He then explained that the officers feared for their own safety and opened fire on the man, killing him on the scene.
Two investigations into the incident have been started, one by the police department themselves and another by the District Attorney’s office. The DA’s office has “the deciding ultimate authority,” according to Maiorana.
The video of the shooting went viral nearly instantly after Prieto uploaded it to her Facebook page, although she said that she first gave a copy of the video to police before posting it.
The video shows firsthand what happened in graphic detail. It shows the man appearing to calmly walk away from police in a non-threatening manner, then police fire on him unexpectedly and hit him multiple times.
However Maiorana is standing behind the actions of his officers and explained that some “split-second” decisions have to be made in the line of duty.
“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 and let us know what you think, were the officers justified or should they have taken a different approach? Let us know with a comment!