California Attorney General Rob Bonta begins an independent investigation into the police killing of Sean Monterros, a 22-year-old unarmed Hispanic, last year in Vallejo.
Bonta said on Thursday at ad that his state’s Department of Justice will determine whether a felony charge has been filed.
“There is no justice without accountability”, Bonta saidadding that it was “past time Sean Monterros’ family, community and Vallejo residents are getting some answers. ”
Monterros was killed on June 2, 2020., after the Vallejo police Officers responded to reports of robberies on the night of the Black Lives Matter protest. According to police report, the officers saw a man, later identified as Monterrosa, near Walgreens who “looked armed” and ran to the car, then turned to the officers and sat down. It turned out that Monterros did not have a pistol – he had a hammer in his sweatshirt pocket. BUT Monterroza family civil rights lawsuit He speaks The 22-year-old was “unarmed.”on my knees ”, when they shot at him, there was nothing in his hands. Officer Jarrett Tonne Fired five shots in the windshield of his car, killing Monterroza., according to the suit.
Tonne and the other officers present were sent on paid administrative leave. Tons reportedly back in service and has not been fired, arrested, or charged.
Police did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
“We tired of assassins being in power and still receives money, but no criminal record, ” Sean’s sister Michelle Monterrosa said at a rally last summer.
In his statement, Bonta denounced the “failure” of the Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams, who “unilaterally disclaimed responsibility” by failing to check the investigation of the incident by the local police.
Abrams accused Bonta “play politics”. She said that Bonta first told her that the State Justice Department would not investigate the Monterros murder, and then announced that his office would do so.
Bonta’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bonta who was sworn in at the end of last month, this first Filipino American and the only Asian American to serve as California’s attorney general.
Earlier this week, Bonta announced new bureau of racial justice to investigate hate crimes and police misconduct.