Protesters Demand Release of Body Cam Video After San Diego Police Shooting

Protesters are calling for San Diego police to release body camera footage after a man was shot by officers on Saturday.

Officers saw a 25-year-old man on 1200 6th Avenue in downtown San Diego at 5:48 p.m., the San Diego Police Department said in a statement. Police said the man, who they described as Hispanic, was a suspect in a robbery that took place on June 21.

According to police, the man had pointed a gun and two officers discharged their service weapons. He was struck and taken to a local hospital and a gun was recovered at the scene, police added.

San Diego police Capt. Rich Freedman told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the man underwent surgery in hospital, but his condition was not immediately clear.

Police said homicide unit investigators were arriving on scene to investigate. The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave as is standard protocol, the newspaper reported.

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In an update, police said video footage from a business in the vicinity had captured the incident.

However, they only released a still from the video, which showed two officers with their guns pointed at the man. The man appeared to be pointing something at one officer, but it's not clear what.

Police also released an image of a gun they said was recovered at the scene. The image shows the weapon wrapped in camouflage print material. Another photo later shared by police shows the unwrapped weapon.

But many refused to accept the police version of events, saying the man had been shot in the back.

Protesters gathered at the scene of the shooting in San Diego on Saturday night, calling for transparency and the release the body camera footage of the incident.

"If that was not a gun, we want the police charged," activist Tasha Williamson said, according to the Union-Tribune.

"San Diegans are asking for transparency and the body cam/videos to be released immediately," Ismahan Abdullahi, the executive director of the Muslim-American Society, added on Twitter. "A young (presumably Puerto Rican or Hispanic) man was shot in the back. Folks need answers. Transparency matters. Community aren't going to trust sdpd narrative until video is released."

Shane Harris, the president of the People's Alliance for Justice, wrote on Twitter: "I'm calling for the@SanDiegoPD body worn camera footage of the 6th ave. & B st. officer involved shooting tonight.

"I also expect the Citizens Review Board to review this incident. I'm not jumping to conclusions on what happened or who is at fault. I am asking for transparency."

San Diegans for Justice, a group calling for an independent, community-led commission on police practices in a bid to increase accountability and transparency in law enforcement, was also among those calling for body camera footage of the incident to be released.

In a statement, Andrea St. Julian and Maresa Martin Talbert, the co-chairs of San Diegans for Justice, said: "San Diegans for Justice is requesting SDPD release body cam footage immediately, give the public a timeline for the internal investigation of the incident and make all aspects of the investigation public as soon as it is completed.

"Public trust, however, will only be fully satisfied when an independent, community-led commission can conduct a thorough investigation of incidents such as the one that occurred today."

The shooting comes amid ongoing protests against police brutality and racism across the U.S. sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis police custody last month.

The San Diego Police Department said officers fired at a 25-year-old Hispanic man after he pointed a gun in the vicinity of 1200 6th Avenue. San Diego Police Department
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