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SHOCK VIDEO: Police Body Cams Capture the Public Execution of Unarmed Mentally Ill Man

Fresno, CA — On September 3, 2015 at approximately 11:00 a.m., Fresno Police Officers, Zebulon Price and Felipe Miguel Lucero shot 40-year-old Freddy Centeno seven times causing severe injuries. Mr. Centeno was unarmed, was wearing shorts, no shirt on, and walking along the street when he was approached by Fresno Police who immediately started shooting2

Freddy Centeno would not recover from the multiple wounds suffered at the hands of these two Fresno cops.

According to Roger Centeno, the victim’s brother, Freddy is bipolar and schizophrenic and abused drugs.  The family had been asking the city and county for help and were told “something needs to happen” before Freddy could get help.

“Is this what needs to happen?” asked Roger, after the shooting.

Centeno was in the midst of a schizophrenic episode and a neighbor called the police after he knocked on her door holding a garden hose nozzle and asked if there were any drugs in the home.

When police responded, Centeno was walking down the street, shirtless, unarmed, and wearing only shorts when officers arrived on scene. The hard to watch footage from the officers’ body cameras shows them immediately start firing upon exiting the vehicle.

Centeno was never given a chance to comply with their orders.

On Thursday, after a press conference was held, the Cristobal Galindo Law Firm released the body camera footage to the public.

This execution by Fresno police is one of the worst police shootings ever caught on film.

Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer told The Fresno Bee that the video he reviewed showed the officers giving Centeno multiple commands and that he reached for his waistband. However, none of that is evident in the video below and, the officers gave him almost no time to comply.

After the shooting, Fresno police Deputy Chief Robert Nevarez issued a clearly false statement to the press. “Officers commanded him to raise his hands, and he grabbed for the object in his right front pocket and raised it towards them,” he said. Centeno was holding a garden hose nozzle, but he most assuredly never raised it or threatened officers with it at all.

Chief Dyer also released a statement to the media, blaming Centeno’s death on the non-existent “war on cops.”

“There’s no question what’s happening across America,” Dyer said. “There’s an increase in aggressiveness toward officers. We’re seeing police officers that are being shot, officers that are being assassinated.

“Certainly police officers are being very vigilant, but at the same time, I know that there’s a high level of scrutiny and criticism on the actions of officers. What we have seen this week is an increased level of aggressiveness toward officers, and when officers fear for their life, or for the life of someone else, they use deadly force, and unfortunately we’ve had three of those incidences occur in the last week. This is our sixth officer-involved shooting in the last year.”

The officers fired 9 rounds at Centeno, 7 of which hit him. The last shot fired hit him as he was falling to the ground.

The officers involved in the shooting have not been disciplined. The Free Thought Project called the Fresno Police department on Thursday and asked if Zebulon Price and Felipe Miguel Lucero would be held accountable for killing Centeno. They declined to answer

As we have previously reported, the Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center, an organization dedicated to eliminating the barriers faced by those with severe mental illnesses, released a jaw-dropping report, last year. In their report titled, Overlooked in the Undercounted: The Role of Mental Illness in Fatal Law Enforcement Encountersresearchers discovered that people with an untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during an interaction with police than anyone else.

According to the study, by all accounts – official and unofficial – a minimum of 1 in 4 fatal police encounters ends the life of an individual with severe mental illness.

Where official government data regarding police shootings and mental illness have been analyzed – in one U.S. city and several other Western countries – the findings indicate that mental health disorders are a factor in as many as 1 in 2 fatal law enforcement encounters.

Freddy Centeno was one of these men.

Attorney for the family, Humberto Guizar, told the Free Thought Project in an email, “The death of an unarmed mentally ill man without provocation is a tragic event as Mr. Centeno leaves behind a young child and loving parents.”

Pennsylvania State Trooper robs toll booth and kills 2 people and then gets shot and killed by police

A retired Pennsylvania state trooper shot and killed a turnpike worker and a security guard while attempting to rob a toll booth on the Fulton County Exchange before being shot and killed by police at approximately 7 a.m. this morning.

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According to local reports, retired officer Clarence Briggs, 55, parked his car next to the Fort Littleton exchange, 80 miles west of Harrisburg, then ordered two toll workers away from the tolls and into a nearby building. He attempted to tie them up, but a fight ensued and Briggs left the building.

When a security van arrived to collect the tolls, one of the toll workers, Danny Krouse, 55, ran to the van, but Briggs reemerged. Briggs fatally shot Krouse and one of the security guards, Ronald Heist, 71, who was also a retired York City police officer.

Briggs then stole the van, drove it to his parked car, and was attempting to transfer the money to his vehicle when police arrived. A shootout ensued, and Briggs was fatally shot.

Briggs had been a Pennsylvania State trooper for 26 years before retiring in 2012.

Cops Came To Take His Son Away Because He Used Marijuana… Then They Killed Him

The police had come to take his son away from him, and it was all because he alleged used marijuana. To make matters worse, he never actually did use the plant, but a police officer accused him of it, and when he tried to stop Child Protective Services from kidnapping his son, he was gunned down by police.

Now, a prosecutor in Gaylord Michigan has cleared the police officer who shot and killed William Reddie, 32, during the course of this kidnapping, as police and CPS employees tried to take his three-year-old away.

All of this began with a report to CPS that a police officer smelled marijuana. The officer reported the incident to CPS, who said that this was grounds to take the child away and place him in a foster home.

The kidnapping and killing took place on February 3 of 2015. But it wasn’t until the end of the year that prosecutors decided that the police officer’s use of deadly force was justified.

The Crawford County Avalanche reports that Grayling police Officer Alan Somero had been called to Reddie’s apartment for what was claimed to be a domestic disturbance.

But seeing no evidence of this, Somero made no arrests. He did believe, however, that he smelled marijuana, which he reported it to CPS.

CPS obtained a court order to remove Reddie’s 3-year-old son, Cameron, and told police to assist them with the removal of the child from his home.

The Gaylord Herald-Times obtained the CPS removal order. It added a lot more detail, reporting that Reddie was accused of smoking marijuana in front of his son.

The order said that Reddie was “agitated” and threatened police when they threatened to take his son away for him allegedly using marijuana.

The court order said: “There are reasonable grounds for this court to remove the child(ren) from the parent … because conditions or surroundings of the children, and is contrary to the welfare of the child(ren) to remain in the home because: It is alleged that the father used marijuana in the home in the presence of the child. In addition, there is concern for the safety of the child due to a domestic disturbance and threats made toward law enforcement by the father.”

Reddie allegedly displayed a pocketknife, when Crawford County Deputy John Klepadlo shot and killed him.

The police had Tasers out, but re-holstered them and chose to shoot Reddie when they saw he had a knife – even thought Tasering him would have worked perfectly well at incapacitating him.

Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield asked the Michigan State Police to investigate the use of deadly force. The Michigan Attorney General’s Office sent this request to the neighboring Roscommon County Prosecutor’s Office.

Roscommon County DA Mark Jernigan said that “the deceased was in possession of an edged weapon. The deceased pulled a knife and hid it behind his back. At the point where he pulls his hand forward and lunges at the officer, he is in such close proximity, and presents a clear danger of deadly force, the officer is left with no option other than to use deadly force to protect himself, the other officer and the three civilians that were present. The use of deadly force is completely justified and therefore, the homicide was justified.”

Toxicology reports returned no sign of marijuana or alcohol in Reddie’s system. Marijuana shows up in one’s system long after it has been consumed, because it is fat soluble. This means that the accusation that Reddie was smoking marijuana in front of his son that day could not have possibly been true.

“They took the only thing he ever loved,” Reddie’s mother, Michelle VanBuren, said to the Avalanche.

“I was on the phone with my son all day, and that cop was bullying him and harassing him so badly,” she added. “Where was protect and serve?” VanBuren continued. “The officers always have to stick together and for them to do this is just totally uncalled for.”

“I can’t believe they (police) could not subdue Will without killing him, and over what, marijuana,” Joanne Michal, who knew Reddie for most of his life said. “Why didn’t police just arrest him or cite him for marijuana instead of removing his child?” she said to the Herald-Times.

“It is particularly sad that Will was shot to death right in front of his son,” Michal added. “Why not use a Taser? Even if he (Will) had a knife and lunged at police, they didn’t have to kill him. Instead of using a Taser, you shoot him in front of his child. It is just totally unjustified. They didn’t have to kill him. I think it’s very sad that his life was taken during the removal of his son. And the smell of marijuana shouldn’t have been a reason for an emergency order. Just a few days before he was killed, Will was visiting, and he was so excited because a hearing was coming up for custody. And it seemed to give him hope of getting permanent custody. His son was everything to him.”

Crawford County Clerk Sandra Moore said “it’s truly a shame. He was a good guy and very fond of his son. He had been very excited just days before” about gaining custody of his son.

Cameron Reddie has now been taken by the State and is in foster care. His family is fighting for the right to at least get visitation rights. Remember, he was stolen from his father – who the state killed – because an officer suspected that he smoked marijuana – which toxicology reports disproved.

How is this not murder and kidnapping?

Oh, and Deputy Klepadlo is currently back on the job, after receiving a short paid administrative leave.

Police Shoot Man For Recording Them With Phone, Claim They Feared For Their Lives

Sheriff’s deputies in California claimed they feared for their lives after shooting a man who was filming them from his own garage.

The Sacramento sheriff’s deputies shot Danny Sanchez on Friday. Sanchez is currently in the hospital at the UC Davis Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to remove bullet fragments, according to his father, John Sanchez.

The shooting occurred when the Sheriff’s department SWAT team showed up to arrest a neighbor, Ben Ledford, 62, after he fired off an illegal machine gun from across the street.

When Sanchez saw the incident, and the SWAT team converge, he began recording from his garage. He assumed there wouldn’t be any problem, since he was so far away from the incident, on his own property and even out on the edge of the garage.

Police say that Sanchez was extending his arm with “an object” in his hand. That “object” was a cellphone, Sanchez’s father John “Sonny” Sanchez said. His son was simply trying to videotape the arrest of Ledford. That’s when police opened fire on him.

“He was yelling, ‘Dad I’m shot, I’m shot,’ so I grabbed him inside and closed the garage door. I put a tourniquet around his leg and a clean towel,” John Sanchez explained.

He pointed out four additional bullet holes in his garage as well as several more in his car.

“You can see how many shots they did: one, two three, four — shooting at my son with a cell phone. C’mon that’s ridiculous,” Sanchez commented.

Sgt. Jason Ramos, of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department Sgt. Jason Ramos’s department said “I think it’s reasonable to think that the officers perceived an immediate threat either to themselves or continued threat to that individual.”

On top of shooting him and arresting him, Sanchez’s home was also searched. But Sgt. Ramos acknowledged Sanchez committed no crime and is not facing any charges whosoever.