Sunnyvale Police Involved In Fatal Shooting of Emmanuel Perez “Manny,” Who Struggled With Mental Health Before Death

pexels-kindel-media-7715238SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA (May 29, 2024) – A 19-year-old man identified as Emmanuel Perez has tragically died in a Sunnyvale police shooting at the Plaza Del Rey mobile home park.

Santa Clara County officials are saying that the incident took place on Saturday night. Police got reports about a man running naked through the Plaza Del Rey mobile home park with a knife.

When the police arrived at the scene, they encountered Emmanuel Perez, who went by Manny. Officers asked the man to drop a knife over a loudspeaker.

Emmanuel Perez allegedly walked towards one officer while holding a knife before he was shot. There are disputes between eyewitnesses and the police about what exactly took place.

Paramedics were called to the Plaza Del Rey mobile home park in order to help the teenager. But he later died due to his injuries. Family members have said that the victim struggled with mental health challenges before his death.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Sunnyvale Police Shootings 

People who are struggling with an untreated mental illness are much more likely to be killed during police encounters. According to BMC Psychiatry, “Persons with serious mental [illness] are at a significantly elevated risk of experiencing police use of force and injury in police encounters than the general public. The disparities we estimate are several times higher than racial/ethnic disparities in force and injury.” Police departments should take a number of measures in order to avoid hurting suspects struggling with their mental health.

  • Police departments should assemble crisis intervention teams.
  • Police departments should train all of their officers in de-escalation techniques.
  • Police departments should equip their officers with less-lethal options like tasers.

Depending on the facts of any case, a police department could be liable if they kill a suspect. 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. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any police shooting.

  • Body camera footage from all officers involved should be collected.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records related to the incident should be preserved.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

The actions of police officers leading up to a fatal shooting are relevant in determining whether or not any use of force was justified. A police shooting may have involved excessive force, even if it seemed justified when viewed in isolation. It is important for victims of police brutality to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Sunnyvale Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Emmanuel Perez. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent similar tragedies.

Do you need more information about a Sunnyvale police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that victims of police brutality are aware of their rights and that police departments are held accountable for their unconstitutional actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we may be able to help. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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