Newly released dash-cam footage shows another horrifying incident of police brutality. Two California police officers intentionally tried to run over a mentally ill man with their cruiser, just before they shot him to death.
The dash-cam footage reveals just how two California police officers ended the life of a mentally disturbed man.
Police were called to an apartment complex when neighbors reported that 51-year-old Joseph Mann was acting volatile. They also reported that he possessed a knife.
When police asked him to drop his weapon, he did not comply and instead flung a thermos at the police. Officers Randy Lozoya and John Tennis were then called for back-up. The footage begins when they arrive.
As soon as one officer sees Mann, he says to his partner, “Fuck this guy. I am going to hit him.”
“Go for it,” his partner urges him on. The officers then make two failed attempts at running Mann over as he tried to cross the street. Possessed by rage, and bent on trampling Mann, the officers get out and shoot him — 14 times.
After his death, Mann’s family filed a lawsuit against the officers. A toxicology report shows that there was methamphetamine in Mann’s system. His family also claims that he was "showing obvious signs of mental distress." He had punched his fingers in the air as if "typing on an imaginary keyboard" and had urinated in his pants, the Sacramento Bee reported. Instead of trying to pacify him, the officers managed to agitate him even further.
“Inexplicably, the officers failed to contact any properly trained mental health counselors or make any attempt to use less than lethal force and ignored the established police protocols to make attempts to de-escalate the situation.”
“Instead, officers left their (positions) of safety, cornered Mr. Mann against a (fence/wall) and opened fire on him.”
The witnesses agree with the family’s account.
“He wasn’t walking toward them being aggressive toward them. I felt that he was just trying to get away and he was crazy,” one of them told Bee. “They were obviously just making him feel more and more stressed, there is no question.”