David Bonino II, 39, Died In Berkeley Police Shooting Following Suspected Auto Burglary
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA (November 25, 2023) – A 39-year-old man identified as David Bonino II has tragically died in a Berkeley police shooting near Grayson Street and 7th Street.
Alameda County officials are saying that the incident took place around 5:26 p.m. on Monday. Berkeley police were called to the scene after getting reports about an auto Burglary in progress.
When police arrived, they encountered numerous suspects and were able to detain one of them. Two other suspects were attempting to drive away when police opened fire and shot David Bonino II.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the man. David Bonino II was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounce dead.
A full investigation into the Berkeley police shooting remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Berkeley Police Shootings
Far too many people are killed or seriously injured every year in police shootings. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, “About 195 people die each year from interactions with California law enforcement. Gunshots are by far the most common cause of death: nearly 250 people are shot by police each year.” There are a number of measures that police departments should take in order to prevent police shootings.
- Police officers should be well-trained with de-escalation techniques.
- Police officers should receive crisis intervention training.
- Police departments should have strict use-of-force policies.
- Police officer should be equipped with less lethal alternatives like tasers.
Police officers should always use lethal force as an absolute measure of last resort when all other options have been exhausted. A police department could be liable for the excessive force of one of their officers. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. There are a number of situations when a police officer should not shoot a suspect.
- Police officers should not shoot a suspect attempting to flee.
- Police officers should not shoot a suspect that does not pose an immediate harm to anyone.
- Police officers should not shoot or hit a suspect that has already been subdued.
It is so important that police officers follow protocol for every situation. Certain situations will require officers with specialized training. This is particularly true when officers are confronting a suspect in the midst of a mental health crisis. The family of any person that died in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a constitutional claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know if police officers used excessive force.
Investigating Alameda County Police Shootings
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of David Bonino II. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. The Berkeley Police Department needs to do their part and be completely transparent about what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the excessive force of Berkeley police officers? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any police shooting we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.