Black Lives Matter supporters gathered last night to demand justice for the killing of a mentally ill black man in an officer-involved shooting.
Joseph Mann was fatally shot July 11 along Del Paso Boulevard by Sacramento Police officers after calls that he was wielding a gun and a knife. No gun was found on Mann.
The peaceful protest took place in response to new video footage of the incident released by the police department.
Richard Owen is with Law Enforcement Accountability Directive, an organization that advocates for changes in the police commission and use of force policies. He says law enforcement needs to eliminate racial biases.
“Seems like people are really afraid of black men before they even know them,“ says Owen. “It’s just automatically if you’re a black man, it seems like the police think you’re dangerous not knowing who you are and where you’re from. We need to change that perception.”
Rick Eaton says he was at work nearby when the shooting occurred.
“I think we’re all just really concerned about the level of violence in these communities and a portion of it comes from the police and that needs to change,” he says.
Mayor Kevin Johnson has appointed a subcommittee to address concerns about the police department.
This is the protest in social media: