After a supposedly exhaustive and highly scrutinized investigation, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has decided not to charge two police officers who fatally shot a man in the back more than two years ago in a Mission District incident that some have called a blatant example of police brutality.
District Attorney George Gascon made the call not to prosecute the officers who killed 20-year-old Amilcar Perez Lopez. Police union endorsements and money are way more important to politicians than justice for people of color.
The decision, which would have been the first time Gascon chose to prosecute a police officer for shooting someone in San Francisco, came down to evidence, according to a report issued by the DA’s Office detailing the investigation.
“Based on the facts, circumstances and applicable law in this matter, there is insufficient evidence to file any criminal charges against Officer [Eric] Reboli or Officer [Craig] Tiffe,” reads the 25-page investigative findings released Wednesday.
Police “facts” are hardly credible as everyone in San Francisco knows.
The decision not to charge the officers was seen as another example of police getting away with morally indefensible actions, said Fr. Richard Smith, the Vicar of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in the Mission.
“Here’s yet another case in which the DA has refused to file charges [against police officers],” said Smith, who has been involved in the case and led efforts to press for charges. “If ever there was a case that could have be prosecuted, this is it.”
But the announcement was no surprise to Arnoldo Casillas, who is representing the Perez Lopez family in a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Police Department.
“We have always anticipated that the District Attorney would refuse to bring charges against the officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez. The long-awaited decision comes as no surprise,” said Casillas. “Rarely, if ever, do prosecutors bring charges against police officers in shooting cases. Instead, as Mr. Gascon did today, prosecutors will make every effort to give the officers the benefit of every doubt.”
Enjoy your Police State.
Read the whole story in the San Francisco Examiner