another one of those cops crimes that the police want to pretend didnt happen. the video tape clearly shows the cop shooting an unarmed man on the ground who was obeying the cops orders. but the san bernandino sheriffs department wants to pretend the man committed some horrible crime that forced the crooked cop to shoot him!
Prosecutors to study airman-shooting clip
Greg Risling Associated Press Feb. 11, 2006 12:00 AM
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - The Sheriff's Department sent results of an investigation into the videotaped shooting of an unarmed Air Force security officer to prosecutors Friday, without a recommendation on whether to file charges against the deputy involved.
Sheriff Gary Penrod said the videotape "arouses a lot of suspicion" about what occurred, but he also said the tape is fuzzy and has gaps, so the complete chain of events is unclear.
Prosecutors will review the report and decide whether to charge Deputy Ivory J. Webb, district attorney's spokeswoman Susan Mickey said.
Webb, 45, shot Senior Airman Elio Carrion, 21, three times on Jan. 29 while Carrion was rising from a prone position.
Carrion had been a passenger in a Corvette that was involved in a high-speed, nighttime chase before crashing into a wall in Chino, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. A resident, Jose Luis Valdes, videotaped the shadowy scene that followed.
On the tape, Carrion can be seen on the ground just outside the car's passenger door. Webb is standing nearby, pointing at gun at the airman, and a voice sounds as if it commands Carrion to get up. When the airman begins to rise, the deputy shoots him three times.
Carrion, who had recently returned from duty in Iraq, was wounded but has been released from a hospital.
"I've seen the video and I can only imagine the shock the family felt when they saw . . . this video over and over," the sheriff said at a news conference. "He (Carrion) has our sympathy, and we wish him a speedy recovery."
Since 2000, the San Bernardino District Attorney's Office has investigated about 120 officer- or deputy-involved shootings but hasn't charged an officer or deputy in a duty-related shooting, Mickey said.
"The only thing the family wants is justice and so far that hasn't happened in San Bernardino County," said Carrion's attorney Luis Carrillo.
The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation of the shooting.
Also Friday, Valdes, 38, surrendered to Florida authorities on an outstanding warrant charging him with assault almost a decade ago.