Shocking new video shows several police officers cornering a mentally ill and blind man before shooting him dead in a convenience store. In the video, James Hall, 47, is surrounded by heavily armed cops before being gunned down at the Chevron Station in Fontana, California.
Hall, who was legally blind and suffered from schizoaffective disorder – a combination of schizophrenia symptoms and mood disorder – seemed agitated when he entered the store in the early hours of November 22, 2015.
According to KTLA, The grainy surveillance images appear to contradict the initial account of the Fontana Police Department, which described Hall as armed with a knife and advancing on officers before police shot him dead.
The video clearly shows the man was not advancing on officers at the time he was
executed murdered shot. The San Bernardino County district attorney is now reviewing the shooting.
Lawyers for Hall’s family released the video online Wednesday, more than a month after filing a state civil rights and wrongful-death lawsuit against Fontana and its police department. The complaint also names 12 Fontana police officers allegedly involved in the shooting.
“It’s a disturbing video indictment of the officers,” said attorney Mark Geragos, whose firm is representing Hall’s relatives. “The video puts the lie to the obviously falsified police account of what happened. In fact, this was an execution,” he said.
A statement from the Fontana Police Department on Thursday said the officers responded to a reported armed robbery and alleged that Hall was armed with a rock and a knife.
With this said, we can all recognize this was a tragic and unfortunate event for everyone involved. As such, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and anyone impacted by this incident. We have every confidence in the investigative process and await the conclusion.