[Educator-Gold] CRIME AND CRIMINALS: MURDER HOMICIDE : POLICE BRUTALITY : UNITED STATES: CITIES: BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA: Bakersfield, California, police shoot unarmed Latino man Francisco Serno

 

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CRIME AND CRIMINALS: MURDER HOMICIDE :

POLICE BRUTALITY :

UNITED STATES: CITIES: BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA:

Bakersfield, California, Police Shoot Unarmed Latino Man Francisco Serno

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Bakersfield, California, Police Shoot Unarmed Latino Man Francisco Serno

By Mathew Rodriguez

December 15, 2016

MIC.com

https://mic.com/articles/162399/bakersfield-california-
police-shoot-unarmed-latino-man-francisco-serno#.GNEjUAmhs

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Bakersfield, California, police shot and killed 73-year-old Francisco Serna on Monday, according to KBAK and KBFX. Serna was reportedly living with dementia.

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Officers arrived to his home after getting a call from a man whose wife says Serna confronted her outside her home on Sunday evening. The woman saw a “dark brown or black handled” object, according to reports, and believed it was a gun. In a press conference, authorities say Serna was carrying a dark-colored crucifix and was not armed. All seven officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.

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When police arrived, Serna began to walk toward police with both his hands in his pockets and didn’t listen to commands to take them out. Officer Reagan Selman fired seven rounds at Serna, who died at the scene. Selman was promoted from trainee to police officer in February..

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In a press conference posted on Facebook, incoming Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin said that aside from walking toward officers with his hands in his pockets and ignoring commands to stop, Serna made no other threatening motions.

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“Nothing that I’ve been told up to this point and nothing in the investigation up to this point indicates a lunging or threatening of that nature,” he said.

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Officers were told Serna had dementia, according to reporters who had heard the dispatch call, though Martin said officers were not aware of his condition.

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Family demands federal investigation after Bakersfield police kill 73-year-old man

Matt Hamilton and Veronica RochaContact Reporter

December 14, 2016

Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-serna-dementia-
federal-investigation-bakersfield-20161214-story.html

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The family of an unarmed 73-year-old man who was killed by a Bakersfield police officer is demanding state and federal investigations into the shooting.

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It is difficult to accept that our dads life end so brutally, abruptly and with such excessive violence, a family statement said. We felt our dad was stolen from us at a time our family should be celebrating the holidays, birthdays and making happy family memories. Instead, our dad was murdered by BPD.  Our dad was treated like a criminal and we feel he was left die alone without his family by his side.

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Mondays killing of Francisco Serna, who was in the early stages of dementia, has sparked anger and grief in the San Joaquin Valley and raised questions about how the department handles police shootings.

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A lone officer fired seven rounds at Serna after he was spotted outside his home just after midnight and refused to take his hands out of his pockets when ordered to do so by police. The shooting stemmed from a neighbors 911 call saying that a man had menaced her with a gun. When police searched Sernas body and the scene however, they did not find a weapon. Instead, officers found a dark, faux wood crucifix.

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At a vigil Tuesday night, family spokeswoman Cyndi Imperial said Sernas relatives have requested an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. They have also asked the California attorney general to appoint an independent investigator in the matter.

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Reading from the familys statement, she said the Bakersfield Police Departments own investigation has confirmed that Francisco Serna was not armed.

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The family and members of the grassroots community group Faith in the Valley plan to hold a news conference Wednesday outside City Hall, where they are expected call for better police training, greater transparency and broader diversity in the department.

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On Tuesday, newly named police chief Lyle Martin disclosed details of the shooting and acknowledged that the community has been deeply affected by Serna’s death.

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This is a very tragic incident for their family, for this community as a whole and for the police department, he said.

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Serna ignored the officers commands and walked toward Officer Reagan Selman. When Serna was 15 to 20 feet away, Selman fired seven rounds at Serna, he said.

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Martin said Selman made that decision as Serna moved toward him.

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Serna was struck and fell in the driveway. It is unclear how many rounds struck Serna.

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No lower levels of force were attempted by any officer, Martin said.

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Serna never lunged or threatened officers, he said.

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Martin said 20 to 30 seconds had elapsed between the woman identifying Serna and the officer firing the first shot. By then, five more officers had responded and saw the shooting. None of the other officers fired any rounds, Martin said.

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In the aftermath of the shooting, Sernas family was prevented from seeing and comforting their mother for 14 hours as police investigated the shooting, according to Imperial.

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Family who asked to see their mother was told by BPD that if they crossed the police line they would be arrested, she said.

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The family said police prevented Sernas wife and daughter from checking on him even when they asked to be allowed to be next to him just to hold his hand.

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Details were withheld from the Serna family and they learned from social media and the 5 oclock news that their dad had passed away, Imperial said.

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[Educator-Gold] CRIME AND CRIMINALS: MURDER HOMICIDE : POLICE BRUTALITY : UNITED STATES: CITIES: BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA: Bakersfield, California, police shoot unarmed Latino man Francisco Serno

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