New DA Drops Charges Against Man Shot While Beating Cop With Vodka Bottle

Christopher Berg

District Attorney Chesa Boudin dropped charges against a man who attacked police.

by Sandy Malone and Christopher Berg

San Francisco, CA - Newly-elected District Attorney Chesa Boudin has dropped charges on Friday against a man who was shot while beating a police officer with a vodka bottle.

The move comes after community outrage over the shooting and claims that the shooting was unjustified, despite the video evidence showing otherwise.

Boudin says that he dropped the charges against the 24-year-old suspect, Jamaica Hampton, because his office is investigating the officers for shooting Hampton.

“It would be problematic to ask the officers to testify while they are under investigation,” Boudin told the San Francisco Examiner. Boudin's office has three years to re-file charges if they choose to do so.

However, dropping charges against a suspect simply because there is an investigation into police use of force is extremely abnormal and unnecessary.

To make the situation more bizarre, the entire incident was captured on video which shows the officers attempting to de-escalate, use less-lethal weapons, and flee from the unprovoked attack before the shooting.

San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya sent a letter to members claiming an entirely different reason for the charges being dropped.

"The charging sheet informs the officers, in essence, anything flowing from enforcing a quality of life violation will likely not be prosecuted," the letter said. "In other words, if you get seriously injured while addressing a neighbor's quality of life problem, the suspect's assault case will not be prosecuted."

"Our lives don't matter," Montoya's letter declared.

The incident which led up to the shooting began when police received a report of a “hot prowl burglary” at 7:47 a.m. on Dec. 7 during which the male suspect had forced open the door of an apartment in the 900-block of Capp Street, according to KPIX.

The suspect fled the scene before police arrived five minutes later, but a few minutes later, 911 received another call nearby about a man who was trying to break into parked cars.

Officers searched the area and found Hampton wearing clothing that matched the description of the suspect, KPIX reported.

The officers stopped their patrol SUV and attempted to make contact with Hampton at an intersection after he crossed the street right in front of their vehicle, surveillance video showed.

The passenger door of the SUV opened and surveillance footage from nearby cameras showed that Hampton turned around and lunged the officer in the passenger seat.

Police said Hampton “aggressively advanced” on the San Francisco Police Officer Sterling Hayes with a 200 ml glass vodka bottle and attacked him, KPIX reported.

His partner, San Francisco Police Officer Christopher Flores jumped out from the driver’s side and rushed around the rear of the vehicle to help.

But before Officer Flores had made his way around the back of the SUV, Hampton was rushing at him while brandishing the bottle, KPIX reported.

Hampton repeatedly struck Officer Flores in the face and on the head with the bottle, causing lacerations to his cheek under his right eye, the video showed.

Officer Hayes jumped into the fray to help his partner and Hampton took off down the sidewalk, with the officers right behind him.

Both officers repeatedly told Hampton to drop the bottle and to get on the ground but he ignored them, KPIX reported.

They attempted to deploy pepper spray at the suspect but were unsuccessful.

The video showed that both officers drew their weapons as Hampton played a game of cat-and-mouse with them, dodging across the street and onto the opposite sidewalk before he turned and rushed directly at Officer Hayes with the bottle still in his right hand.

Officer Hayes opened fire on Hampton, the video showed.

He fired six shots and Hampton dropped to the ground.

But the video showed the suspect didn’t stay down.

A split-second later, Hampton got back onto his feet and Officer Flores fired one shot to knock him down again, the video showed.

The video showed Officer Hayes ran back close to the suspect at that point and told Officer Flores to stop shooting.

Then he began yelling “Render aid! Render aid!” over and over as he pulled on gloves.

The video showed that Officer Flores bent over and started to take the suspect into custody, but Officer Hayes yelled at him to “glove up” first and then “render aid!”

Officer Hayes’ bodycam filmed the entire incident but Officer Flores’ bodycam was knocked off when Hampton initially attacked him, KPIX reported.

As other officers and supervisors arrived on the scene, Officer Hayes’ bodycam captured the officer becoming very upset about having had to shoot the suspect.

“Godd---it man, f--k! I didn’t want to do this! I didn’t want to f--king do this!” he told another officer repeatedly.

Once the ambulance arrived on the scene, the Officer Hayes’s bodycam captured audio as the officer began to sob.

The video showed that Officer Flores, clutching an ice pack to his bleeding face, stood with Officer Hayes and kept a hand on his arm as his partner wept.

“I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to do it,” Officer Hayes told a female sergeant who arrived on the scene. “I tried to pepper spray him – I got myself.”

Hampton was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he remains in critical condition, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has charged Hampton with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.

Police played the surveillance and bodycam video for a packed room of community members at Cesar Chavez Elementary School on Tuesday night, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott told angry community members that it was too soon to judge the officers’ actions and explained that a bottle is in fact considered a deadly weapon by law.

“Mr. Hampton was still holding the glass bottle and closed the distance between himself and the passenger officer. The passenger officer discharged his issued duty weapon,” San Francisco Police Commander Robert O’Sullivan read in a statement about what caused the officers to shoot Hampton.

“After being shot, Mr. Hampton went down to the ground, rose to his knees and then began to move in the direction of the injured driver officer. The injured driver officer discharged his duty weapon,” Commander O’Sullivan said.

Angry residents at the meeting said the officers had behaved like cowards in shooting Hampton and questioned whether the shooting was justified, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

One of Hampton’s friends characterized the video as showing the suspect running away from police.

Eve Greenberg told the San Francisco Chronicle that she was “disgusted” by the video and “seeing my friend look like a scared animal, not knowing where to move.”

This was the first officer-involved shooting in San Francisco since June of 2018, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

Comments (75)
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FlaUSA
FlaUSA

From now on police officers need to shoot to kill or they will be killed in today's environment there's no respect for police anymore

mike wauters
mike wauters

Only in the cesspool that is California do they find the criminal innocent and the officer guilty. He wasn't a threat? He went to attack AFTER he was shot. I hope these criminals you California turds love attack you.

TXMaverick59
TXMaverick59

These POS prosecutors need to be thrown in jail. Tell me again why any freedom loving person would live in Commifornia?

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

This is what the people of SF wanted when they got the new DA , God bless the police, let the public deal with it

Co10706
Co10706

Why do they show only the officers faces ..what about the scumbag..they block his face in the video

ffangel4u
ffangel4u

Nancy Pelosi and her liberal slob dogs have turned CaliMexico into the worst state possible/impassible! Every US American Citizen needs to be deputized and help our LEO's out!

JBoH
JBoH

There are plenty of cities and towns in this nation that appreciate the bravery and sacrifice of those who protect the rest of us...maybe not in most of California but if I were still on the job, I'd really try to get somewhere else with more community support.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Pisses me off but it really is as no surprise. When this clown (HCD word of the day) was elected I could have predicted this would happen. I suppose if the police decided to look the other way for awhile maybe the citizens will who put this clown (yes, HCD word again) in office would find a way to get rid of him.

RandyJ
RandyJ

Scumbag derelict Jamaica will haunt society another day/another time. Why in God's name would any civil person with a shred of common sense want to live in horrid Kalifornication----pathetic land of Liberal illegal lunacy. Dirty rotten D-RATs.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Isn't the DA the son of those Weather Underground terrorists?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

CA is a bad place to be a cop these days.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

It is also worthy of note that San Francisco’s incoming district attorney, Chesa Boudin, once served in the administration of the now deceased Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez

. Boudin’s parents, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert were members of the Weather Underground terrorist group, and both were convicted for their roles in the murders of two police officers and a security guard in 1981 in Rockland County, New York. After his parents went to prison,

Boudin was raised in Chicago by Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers was a co founder of the Weather Underground who gave Obama a "meet the candidate" party in his home.

His upbringing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJyHweavXFo

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Boudin's going to be a danger to all SF LE and to the state! Fired 6 or 7 of the DA's on his 2nd day. I hope to god this doesn't set a precedents of things to come! San Francisco has a habit of turning out worthless communist inspired politicians!

John Q Citizen
John Q Citizen

Jamaica Hampton ? - No, I made a Motel 6.

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

Another miscarriage of justice from liberals.

Sgvette
Sgvette

Why doesn’t every cop in SF made a public stand by walking off the job the same day due to safety?

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

These idiots who protest against the officers are just deranged. They must have some type of mental illness that I just don't understand.

RunCop
RunCop

Liberal piece of shit prosecutor

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

It figures it happened in the land of fruits and nuts. The DA should be arrested for aiding and abetting.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#patience

rhj10077
rhj10077

Never would had any charges dropped in Indiana. Only in California

LostAllSanity
LostAllSanity

Just saw an informal survey citing that most of the western States hate California. I think that was considerably understated. California has threatened to secede from the Union. My question is whether we can force a secession to remove them. They are a financial drain on the rest of the Country and a cesspool of illegals, druggies and mental politicians. Continue the "Wall" to include California and restrict access to our Country. Require an import tax on goods from California and most of the larger businesses would relocate to the U.S. and hire locals. The Brits did a similar thing with New South Wales, Australia, in 1788, to establish an isolated penal colony for those that were a threat to their country - and it worked quite well. That is my vote.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I think we all saw that this was going to happen. but it's what the people want, that's why they elected this individual. Sounds like a good time to move out of SF.

killer93
killer93

It's simple!! Dont run. You wont get shot

MamaD79
MamaD79

So what this piece of shit prosecutor shows, is that it's okay to assault a police officer when you're the one in the wrong! What a bunch of bullshit, but go figure it's California!

colonelorville
colonelorville

I am an 85 year old retired SAN FRANCISCO POLICE OFFICER. It is the only city where I ever wanted to be a POLICE OFFICER. That desire started 80 years ago when I watched them at work. Everyone loved "OUR CITY" and it's POLICE DEPARTMENT. Now I try to never go there because of what's happening.

bryantrent
bryantrent

BS

gottie
gottie

He wasn't going to stop, they needed to stop him..Deadly force was it...I cant believe that they would charge the Police Officers.
How stupid is that ......

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

And so it begins....let it burn.

OldVet
OldVet

That DA is a CROOKED SOB and he needs to be removed

Lonestar52
Lonestar52

Looks like the only thing these America-hating communists who run S.F. will understand, is a non-negotiable demand that the charge be reinstated and prosecuted to the fullest extent the law allows, by a new District Attorney...backed up by a police union walkout. Sorry to have to be so blunt about it, the Police union is at a crossroads here that it must either put up, or shut up. This battle must be fought, and won, unconditionally.

kkat
kkat

And to think the Socialist Communist Liberals call President Trump a threat to Americans and National Security? Wow!!! If it were not so serious it would be funny. Yet, it is ridiculous! Just look at what is happening to the Socialist Utopia of San Francisco! Imagine what America the Beautiful would be like after 4 years of that type of government? Yikes!

ToledoJoe
ToledoJoe

chesa boudin is the radical spawn of 'weather underground' parents...and that is all you have to know........

J10107
J10107

Every time this POS dismisses a viable case, file a complaint with the California Bar Association.

This POS is Guaranteed to be DISBARRED within 6 months.

jaxholley
jaxholley

Play stupid games win stupid prizes. DA should be run out of town on a rail after being tarred and feathered

Scattered
Scattered

When is this shit going to end? Way too many LEOs are getting killed and they are making it unsafe to do their jobs. Somehow we need to take a stand and fight for these Officers.

Nick997
Nick997

The article says that after viewing the tape “ One of Hampton’s friends characterized the video as showing the suspect running away from police.”
Was that guy blind. The scumbag chased the officer down the street quite a way. It was only after they both had guns pointed at him that he tried to get away.

Do the people in the neighbourhood expect the police to let him run away just because he realizes he is outnumbered and out gunned?

They might criticize the last shot but nothing more: if the. Officer waited until the attacker actually stood up and came at him again another shot would not have been criticized.

If I opened my door like that I would be prepared to come up under his arms if he rushed me, to take away his ability to hit me with the bottle.

Just sayin.

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Commiefornia never ceases to amaze me

Debluvsanimals
Debluvsanimals

Should have shot him in the head and do society a favor.. Screw this POS DA. The way that state is going won't be long till some criminal gets their hands on him

Raymelson
Raymelson

Obama started the war on police so maybe Obama an the Da should be tried together

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

Our Police are under attack!!
It’s time for another
“National Guard 4-Kent State 0”


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