I’ve often said when you think stupidity has reached rock bottom, wait. Someone will pick out a pick ax, or in this case, a jack hammer, and reach greater depths.
Jury Awards Payday To Family Of Man Shot While Actively Stabbing Officer
Sacramento, CA – A jury has awarded $2.75 million to the family of a man who was fatally shot by a Los Banos police officer as he was actively stabbing the officer with a pair of scissors.
According to the jury, the officer used “unreasonable force” by shooting one too many times, the Merced Sun-Star reported.
The incident took place at approximately 3 p.m. on Sep. 2, 2013, when 80-year-old Tan Lam called police to report that he had been assaulted by his 43-year-old son, Sonny Lam...
...He said he was worried about Sonny’s mental health, and said Sonny had threatened to kill him.
Los Banos Police Officer Jairo Acosta responded to the Lams’ shared residence, but was not made aware of Sonny’s purported mental health issues, the Merced Sun-Star reported.
Tan escorted Officer Acosta into a room, where the officer attempted to convince Sonny to come outside.
Sonny refused, then grabbed a pair of scissors, police said.
“[He] attacked Officer Acosta, stabbing him in his left arm,” the Los Banos Police Department said in a press release on Friday. “The Officer drew his firearm and a struggle ensued between the Officer and the suspect over the firearm.”
“Fearing for his safety, the Officer discharged his weapon twice, striking the suspect in the left leg and the chest,” the department said.
Sonny was rushed to a local hospital, but died of his injuries during surgery.
On Aug. 15, a Sacramento jury ruled that Sonny stabbed Officer Acosta with the scissors before the officer shot him in the leg, the Merced Sun-Star reported.
“But the jury was unclear as to whether the Officer was under immediate threat when he fired the second round…the round that caused the suspect’s death,” the police department said in the press release.
Because Sonny did not have ahold Officer Acosta’s gun, the jurors ruled that Officer Acosta was negligent in shooting Sonny the second time...
...They held Sonny comparatively at fault, thereby reducing the final verdict amount by 30 percent, the department said.
I recall the Melendez trials, brothers Joseph “Lyle”, and Erik Menéndez, chaired with the murder of their parents. After an initial hung jury, the brothers were convicted, and I’m still astonished at the fact a LA county jury did it. One of the female members of the jury said afterwards, “We felt sorry for them...they lost their parents.” No s$%^ woman, they murdered them!
Now we have a jury saying a man, being stabbed by a suspect, flies twice instead of once, while the suspect is trying to grab his weapon, and he used unreasonable force! Good God, I’m surprised these morons didn’t indict the cop for not de-escalating the situation.
I’ve also said, but a fork into California, it’s done.