VIDEO: Newly Released Bodycam Shows What Happens When You Shoot At Police

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An attorney for the family of Jesse Romero, a teen killed after he shot at cops, released bodycam video of the incident.

Los Angeles, CA – An attorney for the family of an armed teen who was fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer in 2016 released bodycam footage of the incident on Tuesday (video below).

Los Angeles Police Officer Eden Medina was cleared of wrongdoing in March, after prosecutors determined that 14-year-old Jesse Romero posed a deadly threat, and that Officer Medina used “reasonable force” to defend himself and others in the area, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Investigators also concluded that Romero, who was armed with a revolver, had fired his weapon as the officers pursued him.

“[The] most likely explanation of the evidence was that the revolver was fired, then dropped,” the prosecutors said in a memo, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Romero’s family’s attorney, Humberto Guizar, has filed a civil suit against Officer Medina and the city of Los Angeles, alleging that the officer violated Romero’s civil rights and used excessive force.

“The kid did have a gun. That is true,” Guizar said during a press conference on Tuesday, according to the Daily Mail. “But he didn't deserve to die. He discarded the gun.”

The incident occurred on Aug. 9, 2016, after officers received a report of vandalism in progress behind an apartment complex on North Chicago Street, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Romero was among a group of teens who were painting graffiti as the officers approached.

The group scattered when they saw the cops, and Romero clutched his waistband as he fled, police said.

The officers repeatedly ordered the teen to stop as they chased him down a storefront-lined street, the video showed.

Romero continued to run away, and eventually rounded a corner near a payphone.

As Officer Media pursued him around the corner, a gunshot rang out, the video showed.

“Shots fired, officer needs help,” one of the officers said, as Officer Medina proceeded around the corner with his weapon drawn.

Another gunshot rang out and the officers yelled at Romero to get onto the ground.

A weapon could be seen lying on the pavement on the opposite side of a fence as the officers closed in on the teen gunman, who was lying on his back, the video showed.

The bodycam angle did not capture the moment of the actual shooting.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck later explained that Romero was crouched on the sidewalk with his right arm extended towards the officers when Officer Medina fired two rounds at him, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“The Los Angeles Police Department understands that any time that an officer uses deadly force that ends in a fatality it is a painful tragedy for the family and friends of the suspect, the community and the officers involved,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement following the release of the bodycam footage, according to the Daily Mail.

“This is why the LAPD, its oversight bodies, and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office scrutinizes these incidents as closely as possible to ensure that the use of deadly force was appropriate to defend the life of the officer or members of the public,” the statement read.

The family's attorney claimed that Romero discarded his weapon prior to being shot by Officer Medina, the Los Angeles Times reported.

He noted that several witnesses reported that they saw Romero throw the revolver as he was running, and he claims that the weapon “discharged upon impact with the ground.”

"The video shows that when the officer fired at the kid, he fired at him when he wasn't a threat," Guizar argued. "He didn't have a gun in his hand, and he killed him."

Guizar did not explain why the teen was crouched with his arm extended toward police.

You can watch bodycam footage of the officers’ encounter with Romero in the video below:

Comments (46)
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Budman
Budman

Officer cleared end of story!!!

Enough already
Enough already

It's a shame the parents didn't do a better job raising their son. It might have saved his life.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Don't run, don't fight, do as the officer says, don't get shot. Simple for most people except the HCD's of the world.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Time for your daily nutsack ride, huh? #LikeClockwork

Debkk9
Debkk9

He shot at a police officer...he most certainly deserved to die

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - lol... you are soooooo easy to manipulate. #enjoyingmyself

Steve1
Steve1

By the video any stable minded person would come to the conclusion that the perp fired a shot a the cop and the cop returned fire. Now lets see, if the boy did not run, did not have a gun, did not fire the gun at the cop he would not be dead! Simple enough, case closed.. RIP...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Well when you ride my dick as good as you do, I'm bound to let you manipulate me.

Same time tomorrow, babe?

rover77
rover77

don't gamble if you can't afford to lose

rovaz
rovaz

When you play with fire, you get burned. He shot at the officer. Had he obeyed from the start and follow the officer's instruction and allow to be arrested, we would not be having this conversation. He brought his death upon himself. I applaud the officer for a job well done.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Comply Don't Die

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - Welllll, how about that, you finally came out of the closet! And right here on Blue Lives Matter where all your "friends" can see it for themselves. Now, please go tell your wife. It's not fair she is kept in the dark.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

One less maggot to breed in the future, if they haven't already.

b1rd
b1rd

@LEO0301 H_C Dumbshit's wife would be the catcher. That's why he is always referring to guys riding his nuts like clockwork. I'm really curious if they found an adoption agency yet.

RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominator on the down low ......

RunCop
RunCop

Lowest common denominator on the down low ......

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I'm getting so sick of these people/families suing for their ghetto lottery when the death of their family member was their own damn fault!!! We need a new law, that if you are breaking the law and resist arrest in anyway and you do something that results in your death, no one can sue! Now if you comply 100% 1) you probably won't die or 2) but if you do, and it's the cops fault, then you can sue.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 And even while riding me daily, you still can't admit your true feelings. Sad, really.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - I think it's an important first step for you coming out of the closet. Please, don't leave your wife in the dark, especially now that you all are trying to have a baby. She should be given a chance to anul the marriage before that happens, don't you think?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Anul*

Fixed that for you.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - thanks, doesn't change what I was trying to say. I'll talk to her if you want....let me know, okay?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 you sure about that? she doesn't take kindly to your type.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - white, good looking, financially secure, intelligent ....that type?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 No. I meant pussies.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - if that's the case, how in the world did she end up with you?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Because I'm black, good looking, financially secure, intelligent, and not a pussy.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - Oh, you're a pussy alright. I'm sure your wife knows but keeps it from you so she doesn't have to see you cry.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Again, I'm not sure you're allowed to call someone else a pussy when you've never been in a fight. Ask your autistic little brother who decided to back out of a spar how he handles being a pussy daily.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

And where are the parents of this "kid"?

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - my experience with your type is that you all cry for "momma" when you get you ass whooped. I'm sure you're no different.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Technically i pay to get my ass whooped a few times a week by peers and instructors. The experience shown on this site shows that your type only throws hands with plenty of backup, otherwise you get washed. I'm sure you're no different.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - When I was your age I can guarantee I would hold my own against you and that's without the martial arts training you claim to possess. When a white guy gets his ass whooped there is never any crying for his momma to come save him. But with your bro's there is always the "momma, don't let him beat me" cries of help. I think it has something to do without having that male figure in the household.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 So if i read that correctly, you're saying because I'm trained, much much younger than you, and grew up with my dad, I'd whoop your ass without breaking a sweat.

Im glad you realize this now. I've been tired of telling both you and your autistic brother that exact fact for months. He had a chance to fight for your honor and back up his tough talk last month and showed how pussy he truly is when i told him i grew up near where he lives and I'd be back in town for the holiday. As you notice, he's been rather quiet towards me ever since he realized i was fully sincere in beating his ass.

Pussies of a feather flock together, i suppose.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - No, you didn't read that correctly, Cheech. I am twice your age so I don't know how well I would do against you today. Age takes it toll on all people. But I am certain of one thing. If I got my hands on you, start singing the song, "The party's over". Strength is not something I lack. So you best act like Ali and float like a butterfly. Now, if we go back thirty years, with all things equal, I have no doubt you'll be left crying for your "momma".

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 I'm fully aware age takes its toll. I'm in my 30s and I'm not the beast i used to be in my mid 20s. But if we go back thirty years, that makes you still middle aged and me a child. But say we were both my age at the same time. I still highly doubt you'd be much work. Nothing about you reads good fighter without backup or a gun. The vast majority of cops have no fight training, and i don't see you as being different than the average cop.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn - When I was assigned to a black neighborhood, one of the so called bad asses challenged me to a fight. He claimed that I was all talk because I wore a badge and gun. He wanted to meet me on neutral ground, without either of us having any backup. I surprised him by agreeing to his conditions. Well, not so surprisingly the pussy didn't show. That's what would happen between you and I. You don't know me or my abilities. I've never backed down from people like you and never will. Now go away, kitty.

ColoradoLEO
ColoradoLEO

Great job!

vogy
vogy

good job!! and good riddance to the criminal..

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 I dont understand how you figure i wouldn't show. I just told you i challenged your bitch to back up keyboard warrior words. Trust me, if i was ever in your neck of the woods, I'd offer you the same opportunity. Fair fight in a neutral gym, 3 minutes a round until one of us has clearly had enough.

Speaking of which, are you near either Jacksonville or Miami? I do have reason to visit both those places this summer, and if you're in the area, we can roll.

merlin9
merlin9

No....you are a sad little man, who wouldn't be "financially secure" without your EBT card. And you seem to focus on male on male encounters. Does your wife know?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@merlin9 the man with shirtless Bruce Lee as his avatar, questioning my sexuality. Ironic.

merlin9
merlin9

@LEO0301.....His "mom" will be at my house. Like always.

Lt.JimDangle
Lt.JimDangle

but jesse wuz a gud boi, he dindu nuffin im suing da police


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