Emmanuel Becerra (Full Name: Emmanuel Perez Becerra) Died In Sunnyvale Police Shooting At Mobile Home Park on Vienna Drive

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SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA (April 3, 2024) – A 19-year-old man identified as Emmanuel Becerra has tragically died in a Sunnyvale police shooting at a mobile home park on Vienna Drive.

Santa Clara County officials are saying that the incident took place on March 24. Police said that Emmanuel Becerra called 911 on himself.

The dispatcher tried to de-escalate the situation as officers were called to the scene. When officers arrived, Emmanuel Becerra was allegedly holding a knife.

Responding officers told him to drop the knife, but they claim that this did not happen. He was shot after he allegedly walked forward while holding a knife.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the teenager. Despite life-saving measures, Emmanuel Becerra later died at the hospital.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Sunnyvale Police Shootings

Thousands of people are 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.” A disproportionate number of these shootings involve suspects who are suffering from an untreated mental illness. This is why it is so important that police officers are properly trained to handle these encounters.

  • Ideally, police departments should have specialized units for helping people suffering from mental illness.
  • Police officers should be trained to determine if a suspect is taking medication.
  • Police officers should use less lethal options first, such as bean bag rounds, before resorting to lethal force.
  • Police officers should work to de-escalate encounters with suspects who appear to be suffering from a mental illness.

The ability to use lethal force is one of the most consequential powers that officers hold. They must use this power with great discretion and only as a last resort. 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. Whether or not a police officer’s actions are considered “excessive” will depend on their actions prior to a shooting.

  • Police officers may have failed to follow protocol for dealing with mentally ill suspects.
  • Police officers may have failed to de-escalate an encounter with a suspect.
  • Police officers may have shot or hit a suspect who was already restrained or subdued.

Police shootings are often highly preventable. They tend to involve officers who are either unwilling or unable to de-escalate the encounters that they respond to. Sadly, though, when police departments investigate themselves, they will inevitably find that they’ve done nothing wrong. This is why it is so important to have any fatal police encounter independently reviewed. The family of any person who died in a police shooting may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Sunnyvale Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Emmanuel Becerra. This was a tragedy that should not have taken place. This man was clearly in need of help, but instead he was met with lethal force by officers. It is our hope that steps are taken to prevent other incidents like this.

Do you need more information about a Sunnyvale police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by law enforcement neglect or abuses of power. 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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