Investigation Underway After Riverside Police Shooting on Chestnut Street and Fourth Street

pexels-kindel-media-7715238RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (April 10, 2024) –  A man has tragically died in a Riverside police shooting at a home along Chestnut Street not far from Fourth Street.

Riverside County officials are saying that the incident took place around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday. Riverside police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call.

When officers arrived, they said that they encountered a man allegedly armed with a knife. Officers used less-lethal measures before opening fire with their service pistols.

Paramedics were called to the scene, but the man later died due to his injuries.

Liability For Riverside County Police Shootings

California leads the nation in the number of police shootings each year. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, “More than four in ten people treated for non-fatal gunshot wounds from a police encounter were diagnosed with a mental health condition, an alcohol- or substance-related disorder, or both.” Police officers should take a number of measures in order to prevent fatal shootings.

  • Police officers should do their best to de-escalate encounters.
  • Police officers should typically use less-lethal measures before using lethal force.
  • Police officers should work to understand if a suspect may be in the midst of a mental health crisis.

When police officers use excessive force and kill a suspect, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. 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 certain steps be taken after any police shooting.

  • Body camera footage from all officers involved should be sought.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The actions of police officers leading up to the shooting should be understood.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Even if a police officer’s actions seemed reasonable in the moment, they may still be excessive depending on what that officer did leading up to the shooting. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved after any police shooting. The family of any person who is killed in a police shooting may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

 

Investigating Riverside County Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died in this Riverside police shooting. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong.

Have you or someone that you care about been impacted by police misconduct in Riverside County? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to assist you. We focus entirely on helping individuals and families who have been impacted by police brutality. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance, we may be able to help you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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