Family members of Ricardo Diaz Zeferino are calling for a federal investigation of the Gardena, California, Police Department after a judge released footage of his shooting.
The shooting, which took place in 2013, resulted in a $4.7 million settlement after it was discovered that Diaz Zeferino was unarmed.
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The grainy videos, captured by cameras mounted in two patrol cars, show three men mistakenly suspected of stealing a bicycle standing in a street under the glare of police lights. With their weapons trained on the men, officers scream at them to keep their hands up.
While two of the men in the videos remain motionless, Diaz Zeferino appears confused by the officers’ instructions. He drops and raises his arms repeatedly, showing the officers his hands and stepping backward and then forward a few paces. A laser dot from an officers’ pistol can be seen on his shirt. After Diaz Zeferino removes a baseball cap from his head, officers standing to the side of the men unleash a volley of gunfire.
The release of the video was a result of a lawsuit filed by the L.A. Times and the Associated Press. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson found that because the settlement was made with taxpayer money, it added more weight to the already compelling argument that releasing the video was in the public interest.