AFRICANGLOBE – Newly released dashboard camera footage of Sacramento, California police running over a homeless, mentally disabled man is going viral.
In the video, police are seen using their vehicles as weapons to take down 51-year-old Joseph Mann — a homeless black man with mental disabilities — in July of this year.
“F*ck this guy,” one of the officers says in the video. “I’m going to hit him.”
“OK. Go for it. Go for it,” the other officer is heard saying.
Residents originally called police on Mann after he allegedly put his first in the air and urinated in his pants, then threw a knife into the air and caught it by the handle. Mann’s brother, Robert, told the Sacramento Bee that police should have used non-lethal options to subdue Joseph.
“All I’m trying to do is establish what happened to my brother,” Robert Mann said. “Instead of de-escalating, (police) escalated the situation.”
“Who deserves to die because they have mental health problems?” He added.
35 seconds after trying to run Mann over, Sacramento police officers Randy Lazoya and John Tennis then proceeded to fire 18 shots at Mann, hitting him 14 times.
Both officers have since been placed on “modified duty” until the conclusion of the investigation, according to the Bee. The video of Mann’s death hadn’t been revealed until September 20, after a private citizen’s video of the shooting was obtained and released by the Sacramento Bee.
The Mann family has filed a lawsuit against the City of Sacramento. Robert Mann said the officers who killed his brother shouldn’t be allowed to put on a police uniform ever again.
“If this is [the officers’] state of mind when they go to work, this doesn’t serve anyone well,” Mann said.
By: Tom Cahill