After the taser failed, things went from bad to worse REALLY quickly.
Two police responded to a call involving an assault on a bus driver. That is the context in which this altercation began.
Police intervened, and Jontell Reedom turned his hostilities against the police.
He was swinging at them. He was tased. He managed to wrestle a baton away from one of them. Police then fired upon the assailant, numerous times, mortally wounding him.
Watch (Contains disturbing imaages):
Tulare Police responded to a call of a bus driver who was assaulted and got into an altercation with the suspect, Jontell Reedom, 27
Reedom starts fighting with an officer who first tries to taser him to no avail
He punches the officer several times in the street before grabbing the cop’s club
A second officer tries to taser him as well but it did not slow Reedom down
In the disturbing video several shots are fired before Reedom collapses
Eyewitnesses say the man is known to police as having mental illness
They say he was unarmed, however other witnesses say the officer was attacked
Reedom was described as a homeless former local football star
There were complicating factors that made this story reach national headlines.
First, he was a ‘known’ person. He had once been a local football star, but had since become homeless, and was said to have issues with mental illness.
"I would always tell him, 'you have greatness in you.' " said Anyka Harris. https://t.co/uIZbtgeAHp
— Justin Lum (@JustinLumLive) March 14, 2018
Second, any time a black man is killed in an altercation with police, people pay special attention often jumping to conclusions of racism. And sometimes even when the officer involved was of an ethnicity other than white, it does nothing to change this perception.
In one way or another, he is known to the local LGBT chapter, and they are rallying to his cause over social media.
It’s an ugly situation any time an officer has to shoot a civilian. We hope the facts involved will be reviewed, and that when the investigation is complete, the cops involved will be either vindicated or face appropriate consequences in line with the findings.
Speaking of the cops, both of the officers in the video were injured in the altercation, and they are both on administrative leave while the investigation sorts out the facts of the case.
Sometimes, there really is no upside to report in a story. This is one such instance.
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