SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose police have confirmed the names of 4 officers who had been concerned in a deadly police taking pictures on Christmas Day after pursuing the unsuitable car in a suspected taking pictures.
Jennifer Vasquez, 24, was shot a minimum of 10 instances earlier than she died, in accordance with her household and associates. Police say she was driving a stolen automobile and tried to make use of the car as a weapon to ram officers once they started taking pictures.
Officers Marco Mercado, Eliseo Anaya, Mitchell Stimson and Mark Koska had been concerned within the taking pictures, police spokeswoman Gina Tepoorten confirmed Thursday. Nonprofit Silicon Valley De-Bug obtained the names this week via a request underneath state Senate Bill 1421, a police transparency regulation which went into impact in January.
Tepoorten stated three of the officers, Anaya, Stimson and Koska, have been with the division lower than two years, whereas Mercado has been a San Jose police officer for six and a half years.
Police information present that Mercado was concerned in one other officer-involved taking pictures in October 2016. Jose Valle, of SV De-Bug, stated Mercado is one among seven “repeat offender” officers concerned in 60 police shootings in San Jose since 2009, in accordance with the SB 1421 request.
The Christmas Day pursuit started shortly after 2:09 a.m. on Dec. 25 within the space of Clemence Avenue and Story Road, the place police responded to gunshots and located two adults affected by a minimum of one gunshot wound every. Shell casings had been additionally discovered on the scene.
Officers started following Vasquez’s automobile on the route of witnesses, and pursued her briefly earlier than she crashed right into a chain-link fence on the intersection of Fruitdale and Leigh avenues.
Police stated she drove forwards and backwards in an effort to free her car from the fence, then used the car as a weapon to ram into officers. The 4 officers then shot Vasquez and injured her passenger, 28-year-old Linda Bueno of San Jose. Bueno was hospitalized and later booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a misdemeanor bench warrant.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, police inner affairs and the Independent Police Auditor are at the moment investigating the taking pictures, and would usually launch the officer’s names on the finish of the method.
Vasquez’s mother and father, Maria Elena Vasquez and Jose De Jesus Ramos, sought assist from SV De-Bug to study extra details about their daughter’s loss of life. The nonprofit filed the data request in early January, and stated police are releasing the main points one piece at a time.
Lidia Jimenez, a Midtown Family Services caseworker who mentored Vasquez, held a information convention Tuesday to name consideration to the ignorance surrounding the lady’s loss of life.
She stated District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen listened to them attentively after the taking pictures, however has not shared any vital updates with the household. Jimenez and Vasquez’s associates surrounded her mother and father as they known as for the district legal professional’s workplace to prosecute the officers who shot Vasquez.
“I met with the family of Jennifer Vasquez and two family advocates a few weeks ago,” Rosen stated in an announcement. “I gave them my condolences and assured them that we would carefully consider all the evidence before making our decision. That process is ongoing.”
Investigations into police shootings can take a number of months, if not years, and Jimenez stated the District Attorney’s Office should streamline the method for the sake of grieving mother and father.
“Families shouldn’t have to wait that long, it’s sad,” Jimenez stated. “It shouldn’t take a year—it shouldn’t take two years.”
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