During the confrontation with San Leandro, Taylor posed no immediate threat to police when Fletcher shot him dead, prosecutors found, Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said.
Quoting the state legal standard, which went into effect Jan. 1, O’Malley stated that “peace officials should only use lethal force when necessary to defend human life. Legislators stated that officials should use other available resources and should use techniques when reasonably safe and feasible. ” to an objectively sensible officer. “
Fletcher “was on leave after the incident and was there the whole time,” San Leandro police chief Jeff Tudor told CNN on Thursday.
Fletcher’s indictment is scheduled for September 15, she said. The officer’s attorney and the San Leandro Police Officers Association did not immediately respond to CNN’s requests for comment.
A fatal encounter lasting less than 40 seconds
Fletcher didn’t wait for his cover officer before going to Taylor in the shopping cart area, the police document said. Fletcher tried to get the bat from Taylor while he pulled out his service pistol.
Taylor pulled the bat away and the officer backed away. Then, from a distance of about six feet, Fletcher drew his stun gun and aimed it at Taylor, the document says.
“Officer Fletcher told Mr. Taylor to drop the bat man, drop the bat,” read the explanation of the likely cause. “Officer Fletcher shot Mr. Taylor with his taser as he walked towards Mr. Taylor. Officer Fletcher felt Mr. Taylor again, and Mr. Taylor clearly experienced the shock of the taser as he bent over his feet and forward stumbled.
“Mr. Taylor struggled to stop when he aimed the bat on the floor,” he continues. “The Defendant Fletcher shot Mr. Taylor in the chest when (a) backup officer … arrived at the store.”
Taylor dropped the bat, turned away from Fletcher, and fell to the ground, the police document says.
It was less than 40 seconds from the moment Fletcher walked into the store until Taylor fell to the floor. Taylor’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to his chest, the Alameda County Coroner Office confirmed.
A review of the testimony of witnesses and the officers involved, as well as a review of several videos, shows that at the time of the shooting, “it was not reasonable to conclude that Mr Taylor posed an imminent threat of death or serious injury to the officer. ” Fletcher or anyone else in the store, “said a prosecutor’s statement.
“Mr. Taylor did not threaten the accused Fletcher or anyone else in the store with imminent fatal violence or grievous bodily harm,” it said.
The city’s request contained evidence of an ongoing internal investigation by the San Leandro Police Department, including an administrative investigation into compliance with internal department policies, procedures and tactics, as well as an investigation into whether crimes had been committed, and the prosecution’s independent criminal investigation of the prosecutor Charges for the officers, Becerra wrote.
CNN’s Jon Passantino, Cheri Mossburg and Michelle Krupa contributed to this report.