The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office on Thursday cleared a Santa Clara police officer who fatally shot a man who prosecutors said was mentally ill and suicidal while at least one civil rights activist said he found the scene very troubling.
District Attorney Jeff Rosen also released about 10 minutes of body camera video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDp8T-av7A0&feature=youtu.be> showing the final gunshots that killed Jesus Geney-Montes, 24, and determined that the shooting was lawful: Geney-Montes had stabbed himself with a knife and told police he had a gun and would shoot them, even though that turned out to be false. He had no weapon on him when he was found dead. Still, prosecutors determined the fatal shooting was lawful because the fear for their lives was "imminent" based on what they believed at the time.
However, one civil rights activist, Raj Jayadev, co-founder of @sv_debug in San Jose, who reviewed the video , said he did not see any immediate threat. “What I saw was deeply troubling," Jayadev said. "I saw a young man shot at point blank range, and there was a fence in between them. No one was in immediate risk. I didn't hear the officer give a verbal warning that he would shoot. At the time of the shooting, I did not see where a reasonable officer would see that their life was in jeopardy. It seemed like an unjustified shooting. The video raises more questions than answers.” #Officerinvolvedshooting #bodycamera #SantaClara