Civil Liberties

Attorney Leaks Dash Cam Video of Police Shooting After DA Rules Shooting Justified

Parolee shot 13 times in Manteca, California in the summer of 2010


going viral helps
Duenez family

If you ever see a news story about a police shooting that the local district attorney does not rule justified, please e-mail me. For now, the story: Ernest Duenez was a parolee shot to death during a traffic stop a year and a half ago. He was the passenger in a vehicle pulled over because the "officer had knowledge that Duenez, a wanted parolee, was inside the vehicle and considered armed and dangerous," according to the Modesto Bee. The district attorney ruled the police officer was justified in shooting Duenez 13 times because the parolee brandished a knife at the officer, was wanted and considered armed and dangerous, and had a lengthy criminal record.

While Duenez' family has been protesting for the last year and a half, with two police officers even getting a temporary restraining order against his brother, the case didn't receive much attention.  

After the DA ruled the shooting justified, the family's attorney decided to release the dash cam video on which part of the DA's conclusions were based. The video, and the case, went viral. Dash cam video in full below: