Newly released shocking video shows the moment a Texas A police officer fatally shot a 13-year-old boy after he stole a car and attempted to crash it into another police vehicle, and now his family calls his death an act. unreasonable use of deadly force.
On June 3, 2022. the authorities said André Hernandez Jr. was driving a stolen red Toyota Corolla with two other young men when he was shot and killed by San Antonio Police Stephen Ramos.
Newly released video shows police shooting 13-year-old boy in June 2022 in stolen car
Ramos and two other officers, identified only as Claire and Espinoza, responded to reports of gunfire and loud music at around 1 a.m.
Video obtained by San Antonio Express-News shows officers pursuing the stolen Corolla, which can be seen backing away from Ramos’ car before pulling into the driveway.
“Don’t let him butt you!” Ramos yelled at Espinoza, who stopped his Chevrolet Tahoe patrol car before opening the door and putting his left foot on the side of the vehicle.
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“Show me your arms!” Espinoza screamed and stuck his foot in as the Corolla crashed into his car.
Seconds later, Ramos was seen getting out of the car and opening fire, the video showed.
“I was shot, sir,” Hernandez said after getting out of the car before falling to the ground.
Authorities called the shooting a “tragedy” but added the boy’s age was “not known to police” during the shooting.
Ramos went to check on Hernandez and ran to his patrol car to get a medical kit and administer first aid. The young teen was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the outlet.
The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office called the shooting of a minor a “tragedy,” but Hernandez’s age “wasn’t known to Police Ramos at the time, nor does it mitigate the threat to Police.” Espinoza.”
A San Antonio police officer shot and killed 13-year-old Andre Hernandez Jr during a police pursuit of an alleged stolen vehicle on Friday.
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“It is reasonable that Officer Ramos believes that Officer Espinoza was standing outside his vehicle and was therefore threatened with deadly force by the red Toyota as it accelerated towards him,” reads one. detailed memo on the DA’s review, according to Express News. .
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The memo states that Officer Espinoza “used deadly force to prevent unjustified harm.”
“These facts lead Officer Ramos to believe that Officer Espinoza is being threatened with deadly force. As such, he used deadly force to prevent unjustified harm to Officer Espinoza under “Texas Penal Code,” the news agency added.
The district attorney’s office ultimately declined to bring criminal charges against Officer Ramos.
The Hernandez family’s attorney, Lee Merritt, said they were “deeply disappointed” by the grand jury’s decision not to pursue charges against the officer and instead are proceeding with a case. federal civil rights lawsuit.
3/6/22: 13-year-old Andre Hernandez Jr. is shot dead by SAPD officer Stephen Ramos while stopping traffic because he feels his car might be stolen. Second shooting of police officer Ramos, who fatally shot John Pena Montez on a call home in 2021. The grand jury cleared both murders. pic.twitter.com/YnrFclNBse
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Attorneys for the Hernandez family claimed that the vehicle was moving too slowly to pose a threat to the officers.
Ramos, who previously shot and killed John Pena Montez during a call home in 2021. A grand jury also vindicated him in that case.
Merritt said: “This officer killed two people, he has no job as a police officer.
Merritt countered that the Corolla was traveling too slowly at the time to endanger Espinoza, “never going more than 5 miles per hour,” the attorney said. KEN5.
“Those cars have never gone more than 5 miles an hour and AJ Hernandez has never been a mortal threat to anyone,” Merritt told KEN5 news station.