According to the press release, Chris Samayoa, a former San Francisco official, has been accused of killing 42-year-old Keita O’Neil, a black man, suspected of kidnapping a California lottery car.
Samajoa was charged with voluntary homicide, arbitrary homicide, assault on a semi-automatic firearm, police abuse and the release of a firearm from gross negligence.
CNN approached Samayoa’s lawyer, but hadn’t heard of it yet.
The patrol car’s passenger window was shot down
The district attorney’s office said that on December 1, 2017, Samayoa and another officer followed van O’Neil within a few blocks before it reached a dead end, where, according to a press release, O’Neil jumped out of the vehicle and started running on foot. Samayoa, who is sitting in the passenger seat, is accused of shooting O’Neil deadly through the side window of the patrol vehicle, according to the statement.
O’Neil didn’t have a gun, the statement said. Although Samayoa only turned on his body camera after the shot, the announcement said the camera still recorded the shot due to an automatic buffer system. O’Neil’s death was considered murder.
Samayoa was fired in March 2018 as a result of the incident.
The judge signed a warrant for the arrest of Samayoa with a $ 1,000 bail. A DA official said the former officer is expected to surrender to the order by the end of the week.
The family and lawyers are indicting the officer
“Police officers have a duty to abide by the law when using force – even if they respond to serious crimes. As a district prosecutor, I will continue to hold officials accountable for committing unlawful violence and violating trust in public places against them.”
“The criminal justice system allows the facts surrounding the case to be made public,” SFonyA President Tony Montoya said in a statement. “We are committed to ensuring that Christopher and his family receive support during this difficult time and that they receive their proper procedural rights and provide strong protection against these allegations.”
District Attorney Boudin’s decision to prosecute the case was praised by O’Neil’s family, as well as police reform advocates and local officials.
“I’m glad to hear this news and I hope it brings some truth to our family,” Green told KGO.
O’Neil’s family lawyer, John Burris, said the subsidiary would make the family easier with the news.
“I was so glad to see you,” Burris told KGO. “I was a little surprised that this was not a murder, but I understand that according to the DA, homicide is an accusation that is easier to prove than murder.”
Shamann Walton, the San Francisco inspector who belongs to the area where the fatal shooting took place, expressed satisfaction with the charges.
“Bayview residents deserve to be held accountable for law enforcement officers who cause violence and harm in our community,” Walton said in a statement. “This prosecution is an important, historic step to show that black lives matter and that illegal police violence will not be tolerated.”
Angela Chan, a civil rights attorney and former commissioner of the San Francisco Police Department, said in a statement that the allegations are an important part of “eradicating the problematic culture of the SFPD that allows affected officers to be shot without serious and objective investigations.”
“The SFPD’s highest ranks have rewarded officers’ shooting for many years with handing out knight medals when an officer shot and kills a community member, especially members of the Black, Latin and Asian-American community, and even when an home affairs investigation is underway. Chan explained.