We do not see videos like this very often. It was taken by an overhead public camera. The police car pulls over, for no apparent reason. There is a man walking along. He stops briefly, then starts running. The policemen gets out of the car and starts shooting. The man falls. The policeman runs closer.
The video, which has no sound, shows the deputy getting out of his car as Cuevas takes off running. The deputy shoots at Cuevas, who falls a few steps later at the corner of Josephine Street and Long Beach Boulevard.
“One, two, three four, five…he stands…six, he stands over them…seventh shot,” said the family’s attorney James Segall Gutierrez as he counted the deputy’s shots in the surveillance video he played for reporters Friday.
Four bullets hit Cuevas. He died later at a hospital.
His alleged crime? Jaywalking.
That was in 2010. This video has only become available in the last week.
I look at this and think: “Why is running away life-threatening to a law-enforcement officer?”
We are seeing the erosion of social order in our cities. It is not going to be restored by gunning down people for jaywalking.
This took place in a suburb of Los Angeles.