Tapes reveal Sacramento cops’ lethal misbehavior

Tapes prove one of the two officers involved blurted out “Fuck this guy” before trying to run down an unarmed mentally ill homeless black man before finally shooting him to death, hitting him 14 times.

From the Sacramento Bee:

Two Sacramento police officers attempted to run over a mentally ill homeless man with their car less than 35 seconds before they shot and killed him, according to recordings released by police this month.

One of the officers says “f— this guy” in the frantic final minute before they shot Joseph Mann on Del Paso Boulevard. Moments later, the driver says, “I’m going to hit him.”

“OK. Go for it. Go for it,” his partner responds.

During that sequence, the officers gunned their vehicle toward Mann, backed up, turned and then drove toward him again, based on dashcam video released by police. They stopped the car, ran toward Mann on foot and shot him 14 times.

The July 11 incident has sparked protest from local religious and black leaders, who say Sacramento Police Department officers escalated the situation and unnecessarily resorted to lethal force.

The content of the dashcam audio was first reported by the Sacramento News and Review. The Bee reviewed the clip of Officers Randy Lozoya and John Tennis after enhancing the audio to highlight their voices.

A photo of the late Joseph Mann, via Photography is Not a Crime.

A photo of the late Joseph Mann, via Photography is Not a Crime.

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