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OKC Police Officer Fatally Shot Magdiel Sanchez Despite Witnesses Yelling That He Was Deaf

An Oklahoma City police officer shot and killed a 35-year-old man named Magdiel Sanchez for allegedly not putting down a pipe when he was instructed to do so. Sanchez, who is deaf, reportedly didn’t put down the pipe because he didn’t hear what the officers were saying.

In a press conference yesterday morning, Captain Bo Mathews said Oklahoma City Police were working a hit-and-run accident and one of the cars involved was a green truck. The driver of the green truck left the scene and witnesses told police “where the suspect vehicle could be located.” Once they arrived at the location, Lieutenant Matthew Lindsey confronted Sanchez, who was on the porch.

Sanchez allegedly walked over to the officers with a pipe in his right hand. “Lt. Lindsay requested dispatch hold the air and provide back up,” Mathews said. Then Sgt. Christopher Barnes arrived at the scene. The officer said that Sanchez’s pipe was a “2-foot-long metal pipe” and that it was “wrapped in some type of material with a small leather loop on the end of it.”

Both officers gave verbal commands for the suspect to drop the weapon,” Mathews said during the press conference. But Sanchez allegedly did not stop and continued to walk toward the officers. That is when Lindsey deployed his taser at Sanchez. But that was not the end of it. Barnes then fired at Sanchez at the same time.

“The suspect was hit and medical attention was provided,” Mathews said. “EMSA arrived and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene.”

Mathews also said that witnesses yelled at the officers on the scene, telling them that Sanchez couldn’t hear them.

“The witnesses were yelling that this person, Mr. Sanchez, was deaf, and could not hear,” Mathews said. “The officers did not know this at the time.”

According to The New York Times, about six neighbors all yelled at police officers to not shoot him because Sanchez was deaf.

One of the neighbors, Julio Rayos, told the New York Times that the officer shot Sanchez six times. “They seemed like they just came to shoot him. It happened so quickly.”

Apparently, the suspect was Sanchez’s father. Mathews added that he didn’t know if Sanchez’s father was involved in the crash that launched the investigation in the first place. Mathews noted that the car in question hadn’t struck anyone.

Rayos also told the Times that Sanchez’s dad was sitting in his truck, which was parked in the driveway, and witnessed the entire confrontation with the police officers.

Officer Barnes has been put on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

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Police Fatally Shot Rueben Galindo and Now The Mother Of His Children Is Demanding Answers

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Police Fatally Shot Rueben Galindo and Now The Mother Of His Children Is Demanding Answers

Azucena Zamorano attended a community meeting last night in Charlotte, North Carolina, hosted by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, hoping to get answers about why the father of her five children, 29-year-old Rueben Galindo was shot and killed by police last month. Zamorano sat in front of Police Chief Kerr Putney and asked him straight out: “I don’t understand why he was shot.” All he said in response was “Yes, ma’am, I understand” and “I am sorry for your loss.”

CREDIT: Héctor Vaca

The tragic shooting, which is currently under investigation, took place on Sept. 6, and the events that unfolded prior to the fatal shooting are very confusing. According to several news outlets, Zamorano says that Galindo (her common-law partner) called 911 to tell them he was surrendering his gun. Jaqueline Guerra, a friend of the family, told the Charlotte Observer that Galindo wanted to give the police his gun because he had an upcoming court appearance and didn’t want to be deported because of it. According to Zamorano’s attorney Brian Hochman, Galindo had been in the United States 14 or 15 years.

In the 911 call, Galindo tells the 911 operator that he needs to speak with someone who speaks Spanish. It takes about a minute for the transfer to take place, and even then the call gets even more confusing because Galindo is on the phone with the operator and the translator.

In the initial 911 call, which lasted 14-minutes and has been released, Galindo sounds a bit disoriented but even more confused because of the three-way conversation between himself, the operator and the translator. He tells them he needs help but isn’t specific about what kind of help he needs. He keeps saying, “Will the police help me or not?” He also tells them that his gun does not have bullets and requests the presence of Officer Hernandez on the scene. There are also a couple of instances in which the things Galindo says are not relayed to the operator in detail.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released the 911 calls along with the body-cam videos. WARNING: Below is footage of the fatal shot.

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Héctor Vaca of Action NC, an organization that helps the low-income community in Charlotte, tells mitú that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released the footage in a calculated way so people would conclude that Galindo was brandishing a gun.

Acompáñenos en una reunion con Chief Kerr Putney y policias de CMPD. El 10/12/17 a las 6:30 PM para una conversacion…

Posted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vaca says they did this by releasing a screenshot first, in which they circled the gun. Then they linked out to the video.

The actual video shows Galindo with both hands raised.

CREDIT: YouTube/CMPDvidcast

Galindo appears outside for less than 10 seconds before he is shot. The video clearly has the police yelling “manos, manos” to Galindo, and he indeed shows his hands. When he raises them, the police shoot.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, “Officers gave multiple commands to Mr. Galindo to drop the weapon. Mr. Galindo refused to drop the gun and the officers perceived an imminent deadly threat. The officers subsequently fired their weapons striking Mr. Galindo and immediately requested Medic.”

The only verbal command that can be heard on the video is “manos.”

Is this is a case of words being lost in translation? Attorney Brian Hochman, Zamorano’s representative, tells mitú that whatever was going on with Galindo before the police arrived on the scene is a distraction because what matters is what you see in the video.

“There’s no question that the command they gave him is ‘manos,'” Hochman says. “The next command they give is ‘drop the gun’ in English.”

Hochman wonders if Galindo understood the word “drop” because he says that’s not a word you use every day. Hochman says Galindo specifically requested a Spanish speaking officer during the 911 call, and at the “most critical moment is when they spoke to him in English.”

“When you focus on the actual videotape, there’s nothing that any reasonable person [watching the video] can say that can be construed as threatening,” Hochman says. “He is standing there with the hands in the air.”

Alma Hernandez of Action NC told the Charlotte Observer that the meeting did not answer their questions. According to Hernandez, police spent too much time “hotdogging” throughout the meeting and ended before everyone’s questions were answered.

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L.A. Weekly: New Court Documents Contend That An Officer Shot A Latino Man In The Back As He Laid On The Ground Unarmed

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L.A. Weekly: New Court Documents Contend That An Officer Shot A Latino Man In The Back As He Laid On The Ground Unarmed

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On Feb. 14, 2016, Eduardo Edwin Rodriguez was on his way home in East Los Angeles with two friends in a van when they were pulled over by the police. Police were suspicious of the van after it was seen leaving a parking lot that was known to be a dumping place for stolen vehicles. According to reporting by Los Angeles Times right after the incident, the police officers say Rodriguez refused to get out of the car when requested. They said he seemed “fidgety” and that made the officers nervous. What ensued, according to the police officers, was a “violent struggle” that escalated after one of the officers saw a gun. After Rodriguez broke from one deputy’s grips, they opened fire, killing him in the middle of the street. That was the story then. Now, it has changed.

A year and a half later, the family is seeking justice in a wrongful death lawsuit. New court documents are placing the focus on one of the deputies and a sergeant, Andrew Alatorre, who were there on the scene, according to LA Weekly. The document, which was compiled from testimony and accounts from seven of the officers that were on the scene, allege that Alatorre fired at Rodriguez 14 times at close range while he was injured, unarmed, and face down on the ground.

“During that struggle several deputies were in close physical proximity to Edwin Rodriguez, were actively trying to control him by grabbing at his arms, and were striking and pummeling him repeatedly, causing him to raise his arms in self-defense to thwart the blows,” the motion reads, according to LA Weekly. It was during this struggle that one of the deputies urged her fellow deputies to shoot to subdue him so they could detain him. Once he fell to the ground, according to LA Weekly, Alatorre walked up to Rodriguez and asked him to show his hands. When Rodriguez did not, he shot Rodriguez in the back 14 times. Deputies claim that his hands were under his body but the family’s attorney disputes the claim, saying that photos from the scene show his hands outstretched over his head.

LA Weekly has also reported that this is not Alatorre’s first time being sued for a shooting incident. Back in 2014, Alatorre was called to a suicide attempt in Maywood, Calif. During the call, Alatorre misidentified an object in Salvador Palencia’s hand as a knife. Alatorre shot and killed Palencia before it was discovered that Palencia was holding a cake spatula, according to LA Weekly.

(H/T: LA Weekly)


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