Boys in Blue

We need a different system of review for police abuse. Regardless of who is right in this case, the system is too opaque and inevitably biased.

Moody, who shot Duenez eleven times, remains on duty after being cleared of wrongdoing by the San Joaquin County District Attorney, who insisted that the officer had legitimate concern for his safety wen Duenez reached inside his truck. Duenez’s family insists that he was trying to disentangle his foot from the seat belt in order to comply with an order to get down on the ground. He was never given a chance to comply: Moody, who had been lurking in his patrol car nearby, opened fire within seven seconds of arriving on the scene, yelling at Duenez to “Drop the knife now!” The police department and DA claim that “forensic video analysis” of the incident shows that Duenez was reaching for a knife, but they adamantly refuse to release the relevant video excerpts to the public. .

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