Video: Two ‘Homeless Liaison’ Deputies in California Kill a Man for Jaywalking
Video released this week shows two deputies in Orange County, California, debating whether a man was jaywalking before they confronted him in the street with a scene that ultimately escalated in a struggle and one of the deputies fatally shooting him.
The incident took place on September 23. Two deputies, since identified as Eduardo Duran and Jonathan Israel, found Kurt Andras Reinhold, 42, crossing a street in San Clemente, California. They were in their cruiser, which they then parked. They confronted Reinhold, attempting to detain him for jaywalking. Reinhold was uncooperative and refused to follow orders from the deputy. This escalated into a fight as one of the deputies tried to stop Reinhold from walking away. A bystander and a nearby business’s surveillance camera captured the fight on video. At one point, one deputy started screaming “he’s got my gun” over and over again, and the other deputy drew his gun and shot Reinhold. He died on the scene.
Reinhold’s family (he has a wife and two children) is suing the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, noting that the deputies escalated the situation to the point of violence. The grainy images of the confrontation show Reinhold’s hand, while he’s struggling on the ground, on the deputy’s holster, but it’s not clear whether he’s trying to grab the deputy’s gun or escape a hold. The Los Angeles Times notes that the deputies had spoken to Reinhold previously about trespassing, but he hadn’t been arrested or cited, and the encounters had been peaceful.
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