San Diego Officer Fatally Shoots Man Without Using Required Body Camera to Record Incident

San Diego PD officer, Officer Neal N. Browder, is now under investigation after he shot and killed a man matching the description of a “suspect” in the Midway District last Thursday, April 30th .
According to San Diego Police Lt. Mike Hasting, an employee from the Highlight Book Store, made a 911 call after a man came in with a knife, threatened the clerk, then went back outside. Browder, a 27 year veteran of the SDPD, responded to the call. 42 year old, Fridoon Zalbeg Rawshannehad, was seen in an alley behind the shop. Browder then shot Mr. Rawshand, who died later at the hospital. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

San Diego law requires that police officers turn their body cameras at all times as soon as they get a call or stop a vehicle unless they are in an immediate emergency situation or the officer is being attacked. That provision, being implied after a spokesperson from the SDPD told a local news source of their policy on the use of body cameras,

Officer safety shall be the primary consideration when contacting citizens or conducting vehicle stops, not the ability to record an event.

San Diego Police Chief, Shelley Zimmerman, has gone on record in the past as saying ,

If an officer intentionally does not record an event, that officer is subject to disciplinary action, which could include termination.

Nothing has ever been mentioned about what measures would be taken by the SDPD if an officer kills someone in a non-emergency situation without recording from their body camera.

ACLU Advocacy and Policy Counsel Chad Marlow, who has been attempting to gather information about the shooting, echos what any of us would expect from the San Diego police,

In this case, they had an entire drive to the scene and a moment to pause before they got out of the car and confronted the gentlemen who was ‘acting erratically’ to turn on the camera, so this is not a situation where the officer had to make a decision between protecting his safety and turning on his camera.

This occurrence is nothing new to the refusal of police turning on any recording device during the utmost important of circumstances, leaving far too many questions that beg answers in situations where there is no excuse for leaving them off. What happened on Thursday may never be known. This is why many citizens have voiced major concerns with paying taxes in order for officers to receive body cameras. If they are not used properly or “malfunction”, is there a pressing need for them at all? Or are these policies put into place to simply appease a mass outcry for accountability of police? And even when video is produced, whether by dash cam footage, body recording devices, security cameras, or individuals who happen to capture occurrences, what justice has been served? One could easily look at  the deaths of Eric Garner and Kelly Thomas (just to name two) as examples of blatant murder by police on film, in which officers received no punishment for their abhorrent actions. We can only hope that someone will come forward with more information as to what happened to Mr. Rawshannehad.

Editors Note : Manager says “he followed him into the store, but not with the knife, but he knew he had it”

Original Local News Report NBC Channel 7:

San Diego Police Department Headquaters: 1401 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 Phone #: (619) 531-2000

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