Fresno police officers Zebulon Price and Felipe Miguel Lucero drove up to Freddy Centeno last September as he stood on a sidewalk. " Centeno is far enough away that I have no idea if it's likely he actually heard their specific words.
They got out of their car, from what looks like 5 yards or so away, and shouted "Hey Fresno PD! They began shooting at him within three seconds of getting out of their car and shouting at him, 10 shots, seven hits.
The attorneys said the purpose of the lawsuit was two-fold: To seek justice and restitution for a family that lost a father, brother and son, as well as to notify government officials of a major abuse of police power. Co-counsel Angel Carrazco of Santa Ana said the attorneys plan to ask jurors to award what they think is fair given the video evidence and the family’s loss.
“We’re lucky to have obtained this (video),” Guizar said.
He stressed that the information the officers had, based on a 911 call also played Thursday at the Dyer news conference, was that Centeno was armed with a small black handgun in the pocket of his shorts." It turned out to be a painted garden hose nozzle.
Centeno, 40, had a history of mental illness and drug abuse, according to his family, and had had past interactions with Fresno police, though these specific officers were said to have been unaware of that.
It looks to me as if his hands remain near his side but not touching his pants, despite police insistence that he reached for and took out a gun like object from his pants. I honestly can't tell if the garden hose nozzle allegedly mistaken for a gun that all the news reports talk about is in his hand or not, but both sides of the dispute agree it was at time of shooting.[UPDATE: Commenters have pinpointed the exact second they believe they see the taking of object out of pocket happening, 20-22 seconds in roughly.