There has been intense backlash from civil rights activist following the police shooting of a black 33-year-old man in a San Leandro Walmart. The victim Steven Taylor was executed by a 20-year veteran of the police department on April 21st, 2020.
Graphic Video Shared Widely On Social Media
Steven Taylor is seen wielding a baseball bat inside a Walmart store when the police in San Leandro Bay Area shot him. The entire episode has been caught on video by a bystander.
The video shows two officers drawing and pointing their weapons at Taylor who is seen holding a baseball bat near the Walmart doors. Within three seconds into the video a loud crack is heard and one of the officers is seen using a Taser on Taylor.
Taylor drops the bat on the floor and one of the witnesses is heard shouting, “No more! Please don’t shoot him no more!”
Taylor Shot After Being Tasered
Police accepted that one of the officers shot Taylor with a bullet in the torso after he was already down because of the Taser gun. In addition, the officers made use of their Tasers several times in the confrontation.
An attorney for Taylor’s family, Lee Merritt, claims that Taylor was undergoing a mental health crisis when the episode occurred Saturday afternoon. He had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar depression.
Merritt claims that Taylor was shot fatally when he was completely helpless on the floor, and no longer representing a threat. He added that an autopsy was under way that would prove whether a Taser was used on Taylor after he was shot by a bullet.
The attorney also alleged that the officers failed to provide sufficient care as per standard operating procedures. They did not get help for Taylor when he was suffering from a mental health crisis or was seriously wounded.
Police Brutality Comes in Various Shapes and Sizes in California
Law enforcement officials according to the protections of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the US constitution are not allowed to use unreasonable or excessive force. This is in direct violation of one’s civil rights though the public has to be protected. The amendment includes detectives, street officers, and security guards. The law has provisions for holding abusive officers responsible for their actions. However, it does take an experienced police brutality lawyer to make a successful case.
Police misconduct or brutality can be in the form of misuse of police weapons like stun guns and Tasers, physical abuse like choking, beating, and kicking, use of unreasonable excessive force, and rape or sexual assault. Victims should hire a police brutality attorney as soon as possible to navigate a lawsuit.