Target: Riverside, California District Attorney Michael Hestrin
Goal: Fire cop if found guilty of allegations that he fatally shot teenager without cause and then deleted video evidence of the incidence.
An 18-year-old was reportedly shot and killed by a police officer in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Police claim they were there to investigate a vehicle theft report when they saw Sammy Villarreal inside the vehicle. According to their story, Villarreal put the vehicle in reverse and hit a cop car, so the officer opened fire on him.
A lawsuit filed by the victim’s family claims the officer’s actions were unjustified and that he obstructed evidence by seizing and deleting the cellphone and surveillance footage of the incident.
Why would the police seize all this video evidence and then delete it unless they had something to hide? The only logical answer is that they were attempting to hide their unlawful and wrong behavior. This is illegal and the entire police department should face repercussions for allowing this. A young man’s life was completely wasted in this senseless tragedy all because of one violent officer. It seems the officer didn’t even consider trying less fatal tactics before killing the victim.
If the officer is found guilty of using excessive force and obstructing evidence, demand that he be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Dear Mr. Hestrin,
A teenager was reportedly killed by a police officer who now faces a lawsuit that claims his fatal actions were unjustified and that he obstructed evidence by seizing and destroying video footage of the incident. Seizing and deleting video evidence suggests the officer is guilty of the accusations and knows he behaved unlawfully.
There’s no reason for this young man’s life to have been taken when the officer could’ve attempted other less-fatal methods of handling the issue. This is the Indio Police Department’s third excessive-force lawsuit. If the officer is found guilty of the accusations, we demand that he be fired and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
[Your Name Here]
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