VIDEO: Fresno Police Shoot Man on the Ground
The family of the deceased is allegedly hoping the video will spark outrageBy Calibre Press | Feb 28, 2019
[Note: Videos are provided here for reference viewing only, and viewing such videos does not replace personal law enforcement training. Moreover, each live scenario is unique and nothing here should supplement an officer’s own cumulative training, experience, and personal judgment in responding to such live scenarios.]
Newly released video shows a deadly police shooting in March 2016, the second fatal shooting in six months involving the same Fresno Police officer.
Federal civil rights lawsuits have failed so far, but both families are hoping new video will make the case for them.
Raymond Angel Gonzalez ran away when he saw Fresno Police in March 2016.
Officer Zeb Price’s body camera video shows the foot chase culminating in an alley, when Gonzalez tossed away a gun but fell to the ground right near where it landed.
Gonzalez touched it a couple of times before rolling over onto his stomach, as ordered.
When he spun back around, Officer Price fired a fatal shot.
Gonzalez’s family sued the city over the shooting, but a federal judge threw it out.
“Everyone in this case who has reviewed has determined the actions of the officers were reasonable and justified under the law,” said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
The judge’s ruling and a bit of history motivated the family to go public with the video.
Six months before he killed Gonzalez, Officer Price was one of two officers who shot and killed Freddy Centeno.
Chief Jerry Dyer released body cam video of the shooting of Centeno in March 2016, the day after Price shot Gonzalez.
“This one officer killed my brother, Freddy Centeno, and Angel Gonzalez, within six months,” said Rogelio Centeno. “It’s not normal.”