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Police Chief Hahn On Mann Investigation: "If We Don't Get Better From It, Then It Continues On."

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo, File

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2016 file photo, a picture of Joseph Mann, who was killed by Sacramento Police last July, is displayed at a news conference held by his sister, Deborah, center, and brother, Robert Mann, right, in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo, File

Sacramento police announced Wednesday that the two officers who shot and killed Joseph Mann in July of last year are no longer with the department.

One of the officers, Randy Lozoya, retired earlier this April.

But it's unclear whether the other, John Tennis, resigned or was fired. And Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn would not say.

"I can't get into details about his departure, and the reason for that is there's penal codes and evidence codes that prohibit us from discussing the personnel files of police officers, and so that's California law, and we're a police department, so we probably shouldn't violate," Hahn said.

The department has been criticized for secrecy when it comes to protecting officers facing police-misconduct investigations by groups like Black Lives Matter.

The chief said trust is a concern not just for his force, but for departments across the country.

"You'd be naive if you said that every neighborhood, every street in our city has a high amount of trust in the police department, and a high amount of partnership and belief and all that," he said. "I think you don't have to be awake very long to know that that does not exist on every street in every neighborhood. And that in my opinion is not only the biggest challenge for the Police Department in Sacramento, for our police department, but law enforcement in this country."

Hahn said city officials reached out the Mann family earlier in the day, and that he would be meeting with them later.

"I guess, what I would say and will say to them is that I'm sorry that it ended like this on that day. And I really wish that we could be talking about Joseph Mann being alive today."

The chief said that his officers will learn and improve from the Mann incident.

"If we don't get better from it, then it continues on."

Specifically, he said that Sacramento city council approved approximately $800,000 for training and less-lethal uses of force that will help them better handle crisis on the streets.

But he acknowledged that policing and mental-health is a thorny challenge.

"The other half of that is, how do we deal with those habitual or long running calls, where we go to the same house or the same location over and over and over, regarding somebody's mental health."

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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