Video release renews California police shooting controversy

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Release of video showing a California police officer shooting an unarmed black teenager 2½ years ago has renewed controversy over the killing as a lawsuit heads toward trial.

The video shows Fresno police Sgt. Ray Villalvazo shooting 16-year-old Isiah Murrietta-Golding, who bolted from officers on April 14, 2017, as they stopped him for investigation of a homicide the day before.

The Fresno Bee reports the video was released this week by attorney Stuart Chandler, who is representing the teen’s family in a lawsuit claiming excessive and unlawful deadly force.

The shooting was deemed justified by the district attorney’s office, police internal affairs and the city of Fresno’s Office of Independent Review.

Community organizer Cesar Casamayor of Fresno Barrios Unidos counters that the video shows police were not in danger.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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