Surveillance Footage Showed American Canyon Police Officer Shot Demarea Rogers (Full Name: Demarea Vaughn Rogers III) In The Back During Vallejo Arrest

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA (March 14, 2024) – A man identified as Demarea Rogers III was injured after being shot in the back by an American Canyon police officer during a Vallejo police pursuit.

Napa County officials are saying that the incident took place around 4:00 p.m. on January 11. Authorities said that they pursued Damarea Rogers III and Jozan Amarion Hill in a vehicle chase on Highway 29.

The chase ended near Souza Way and Gateway Drive in Vallejo. Both men exited the vehicle and led officers on a foot pursuit. One officer pursued Demarea Rogers III for some distance before shooting him twice in the back.

Police said that they recovered at least one firearm during the chase. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the injured suspect. He was then taken to the hospital.

Footage of the incident was captured on surveillance. It was later released after the American Canyon Police Department came under pressure.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Vallejo Police Shootings

Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in police shootings every year in the United States. According to the Law Enforcement Epidemiology Project, “In the U.S. during a given year, an estimated 1 million civilians experience police threat of or use of force resulting in a conservative estimate of 75,000 non-fatal injuries requiring hospital treatment and 600-1000 deaths.” Police departments should take a number of measures in order to prevent police shootings.

  • All police officers should receive comprehensive training on de-escalation techniques.
  • Police departments should provide their officers with mental health resources to help them cope with the stress and trauma of their jobs.
  • Police officers should be required to wear body cameras whenever they are interacting with the public.

A police department could be liable for a police shooting. Officers have a great deal of discretion when it comes to how they perform their duties. But at no point are they allowed to use excessive force. Despite this, it is common for officers to hit or strike suspects in an unlawful manner. 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 where officers should not use force.

  • Police officers should not hit or strike suspects when they are already restrained.
  • Police officers should not shoot suspects who do not pose an immediate danger to anyone.
  • Police officers should not shoot suspects merely because they are attempting to flee.

Whether or not any use of force can be considered reasonable will depend in large part on the unique facts of any specific encounter. Many police shootings involve officers who are overly zealous and do not follow police protocol. Any person who is injured in a police shooting may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Vallejo Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to Demarea Rogers as he continues to recover. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. Police officers should never attempt to kill suspects merely because they are attempting to flee. It is our sincere hope that all of the facts come out and the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Vallejo police shooting? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We focus entirely on helping people who are the victims of police brutality and law enforcement misconduct. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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