California Attorney General Rob Bonta is launching an unbiased assessment into the deadly police capturing of Sean Monterrosa, a 22-year-old, unarmed Latino man, in Vallejo final yr.
Bonta stated Thursday in an announcement that his state’s Department of Justice would decide whether or not felony prices had been warranted in opposition to the officer.
“Without accountability, there is no justice,” Bonta said, including that it was “past time Sean Monterrosa’s family, the community, and the people of Vallejo get some answers.”
Monterrosa was killed on June 2, 2020, after Vallejo police officers responded to reviews of looting on the night time of a Black Lives Matter protest. According to the police report, the officers noticed a person — later recognized as Monterrosa — outdoors a Walgreens who “appeared to be armed” and who ran towards a automobile, then turned to face officers and crouched. Monterrosa, it turned out, was not carrying a gun — he had a hammer in his sweatshirt pocket. A civil rights lawsuit by Monterrosa’s household says the 22-year-old was “unarmed, on his knees” with nothing in his arms when he was shot. Officer Jarrett Tonn fired five times through the windshield of his vehicle, killing Monterrosa, in response to the swimsuit.
Police didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
“We are sick and tired of murderers being on the force and still getting paid, yet no convictions,” Sean’s sister Michelle Monterrosa stated at a rally final summer time.
In his announcement, Bonta condemned the “failure” of Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams, who “unilaterally abdicated her responsibility” by not conducting a assessment of the native police investigation of the incident.
Abrams accused Bonta of “playing politics.” She stated Bonta first advised her the state DOJ wouldn’t examine the Monterrosa killing, then introduced later that his workplace would.
Bonta’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Bonta, who was sworn in late final month, is the first Filipino American and solely the second Asian American to carry the workplace of legal professional common of California.
Earlier this week, Bonta introduced a new racial justice bureau to research hate crimes and police misconduct.
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