Kneeling Hispanic man with hands up fatally shot by Californian police officer

Man shot by police was 'kneeling, raising hands'

For now, the officer who killed Monterrosa and the witness officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

'This individual appeared to be running toward the black sedan when suddenly he stopped, taking a kneeling position, and placing his hands above his waist, revealing what appeared to be the butt of a handgun, ' Williams said. My condolences to his family; it is a hard thing to happen I understand that'.

The officer who shot Monterrosa has not been identified, though Williams said they have been on the force for 18 years.

The latest shooting occurred after midnight Tuesday, when authorities say an officer fired five times through a windshield, fatally hitting Sean Monterrosa, 22, of San Francisco.

"Vallejo police have been getting away with murder for decades", Nold said.

At the same time, officers spotted Monterrosa near the building, with what appeared to be a weapon, he said.

Monterrosa's family says he was an avid reader who loved working with youth groups such as the Boys & Girls Club and Horizons Unlimited.

John Burris, an attorney for the family, said he is appalled police would shoot at a person who was on his knees with his hands raised.

"This young man was shot multiple times while he was on his knees and appeared to be trying to surrender", he added.

Vallejo police officers have been involved in 16 deaths since 2011, NBC News reports.

The California department of justice has launched an investigation and reform initiative for the Vallejo police department, which is facing national scrutiny after an officer killed an unarmed 22-year-old amid protests this week.

The calls for state oversight escalated last year after Vallejo police killed Willie McCoy, a 20-year-old who had been sleeping in his auto when six officers fired 55 bullets in 3.5 seconds.

The California Department of Justice will undertake an "expansive review" of the police department in the Bay Area city of Vallejo, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Friday, after a spate of police shootings and excessive force complaints have led to protests, accusations of biased policing, lawsuits and residents' demands for an outside investigation.



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