Friday, October 25, 2019

Fresno Police Embroiled in Another Shooting Controversy

The Fresno Police force is embroiled in another shooting controversy. This time it’s over the killing two years ago of an unarmed teenage suspect shot in the back of the head as he was running away from the officers. Sixteen-year-old Isiah Murrietta-Golding was fatally wounded on April 15, 2017 with a single shot to the head as he fled after police stopped a car he was in along with his brother. New video footage of the incident was released last week by Stuart Chandler, the attorney representing the boy’s father, who is suing the city. The boy’s mother is also filing a lawsuit and is being represented by attorney Michael Haddad of Oakland. The family alleges that Police Sargent Ray Villalzavo used excessive and unlawful deadly force and committed assault and battery with negligence. Fresno police chief, Andy Hall, the Fresno County District Attorney and the City’s Office of Independent Review all determined that the shooting was justifiable. Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.