Family attorney Mark Merin said the more than 20-minute chase over 15 miles went too far.
STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. – Attorneys have filed a federal complaint against the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office for the shooting of a teenage boy during a traffic stop.
“It was scary and really traumatic,” said Valerie Kennedy, a witness to the shooting.
14-year-old Valerie Kennedy was in the car on May 18 when the deputies of the Stanislaus County Sheriff tried to pull four teenagers over for a traffic violation. Instead, 16-year-old driver Xander Mann drove to the youth hall for fear of returning, according to Kennedy.
“He was just a scared kid. He was scared. He didn’t want to go back. He didn’t deserve it,” Kennedy said.
The complaint alleges excessive violence and family attorney Mark Merin said the 15-mile chase, which lasted more than 20 minutes, went too far.
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The persecution came to an abrupt end after the sheriff’s office said “the vehicle attempted to use its car as a weapon by crashing into police vehicles”.
The sheriff’s officials said that Deputy Gerardo Zazueta had shot Mann.
“How could you justify shooting into a teenage occupied car for a traffic violation?” asked Merrin.
The video of the shooting was not posted. In a previous press release, Stanislaus County Sheriff Jeff Dirkse said Deputy Zazueta did not activate his body-worn camera due to the “rapid nature of this critical incident”.
The lawyers in this case are now calling for a jury trial.
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