David Tovar Jr., 27, who police say was a person of interest in a homicide and other crimes, was gunned down by officers without warning and mortally wounded by a police dog at apartment complex in San Jose (California) on Jan. 21, according to the federal lawsuit filed by victim’s family. The suit demands the immediate arrest and prosecution of the officers involved in the deadly shooting.
Tovar was running away from police on a second-floor landing of the complex and was shot by police on the ground floor after an officer saw Tovar reach into his waistband, pulling out what the officer «believed to be the butt of a handgun», acting Police Chief David Tindall said after the shooting. It was later confirmed to be either a silver and black cellphone or screwdriver.
The attorneys said there is video of the shooting that shows Tovar «did not present a deadly threat to anyone when he was mercilessly gunned down».
San Jose police deferred comment on the lawsuit to the City Attorney’s Office, citing the pending litigation. The City Attorney’s Office declined comment on the same grounds.
As of July 2021, the lawsuit of David Tovar’s relatives against the city and the police department is still pending, but at the end of last month, the San Jose City Council voted for police reform that can work toward actionable solutions before the city sees another repeat of controversial cases such as the shooting death of David Tovar Jr. at the hands of San Jose police.
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«The officers needlessly fired multiple assault rifles in an occupied apartment building», – he said. «The community is fortunate they didn’t hurt any other people with their reckless conduct. We could easily be grieving the loss of more innocent lives, not just Mr. Tovar’s».
«My son had a wrongful death», – Bronder-Lewis said. «He was loved and grieved tremendously. We’re devastated. Our life has turned upside down».
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.