Footage Shows Police Shooting Teen In Back Of The Head
Horrific video footage showing a teenage boy being shot by police has been released two years after the incident.
Sixteen-year-old Isiah Murrietta-Golding was shot in the back of the head by a police officer in Fresno, California in April 2017.
The teen was unarmed, according to attorney Stuart Chandler, who is working on behalf of Murrietta-Golding's father.
Surveillance footage shows the boy climbing over a fence before hitting the ground and trying to run from the cops, but one of the officers fires a single shot which hits Murrietta-Golding in the back of the head.
Sgt. Ray Villalvazo, a former homicide detective, was named in a lawsuit as the officer who shot Murrietta-Golding.
In the footage, the officer climbs the fence and approaches Murrietta-Golding's body before putting his hands in handcuffs.
Speaking to The Guardian, Chandler said: "The city was so adamant that the officer 'feared for his life'. Why were they hiding the video? If a picture speaks a thousand words, then the video speaks a million words.
"He's unconscious and in the process of dying. What is the threat?
"They just saw him as an animal who had been shot. They hunted a target. It's inhumane."
The family have filed a lawsuit over the death, which is scheduled for October 2020.
The Fresno police chief Andrew Hall has responded to the video, saying in a statement: "The video released yesterday is an officer involved shooting that occurred over two years ago.
"The use of lethal force in this case occurred while officers were investigating a homicide. The 16-year-old in this case was involved in the homicide with his brother and the brother was later arrested and pleaded guilty.
"The video represents a different vantage point and was not what the pursuing officers could see. The 16-year-old was also known to carry firearms and had jumped a fence into a child daycare centre."
Jerry Dyer, who was Fresno police chief when the incident occurred, said at the time that 'Sgt. Villalvazo's actions were within department policy', adding that the cop claimed Murrietta-Golding had 'reached into his waistband several times'.
However, Chandler and the family disagree, telling the Fresno Bee: "There absolutely is no way the officer's life was in danger. He was running away, and he was trying to hold up his pants.
"And for the chief to make a comment that it was justified to shoot Isiah because he was considered a possible suspect, it's not the place of the police to make that determination and without a trial.
"You can't do that in America."
Featured Image Credit: Stuart Chandler/Handout
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