California transit agency releases video of fatal shooting

SAN FRANCISCO – A Northern California transit agency on Wednesday released a video recording shows one of the policeman fatal shooting of a man in a fight with another man.

The 52-second video clip showed the Bay Area Rapid Transit officer Joseph Mateu shoot Sahleem Tindle, 28, three times in the back outside an Oakland, California train station for the commuter train. The images were recorded by Mateu the body of the camera, which he activated while standing in the station on Jan. 3.

BART released the clip after a number of media broadcast a shorter version of the clip posted on the Facebook page of Tindle brother. BART police chief Carl Rojas said the shorter clip was recorded at the Oakland Police showed Tindle the family of the images. Oakland police are leading the investigation because the shooting occurred on a city sidewalk across the street from the BART station.

The footage begins with Mateu in the station to talk to a woman accused of fare evasion. Two gunshots could be heard, a woman screams and commuters to be seen frantically running to the station.

“What happened?” Mateu calls. Someone responds, “They shoot.”

Mateu draws his pistol and runs in the direction of the shots, shouting several times for directions to the shooting.

After sprinting for about 20 seconds, the officer encounters two men wrestling on a sidewalk.

“Show me your hands, and let me see your hands, both of you, both of you,” he shouts to the men. He screams “show me your hands” twice as he gets within a few feet of the fighting men and then shoot three shots in quick succession.

Tindle falls on his stomach and then rolls on his back and let the officer his hands.

BART also brought two more pictures taken from the clip, who is the head of the police says that shows a weapon Tindle used to shoot the other man in the leg. A weapon was recovered at the scene and can be scene lying on the sidewalk in the video after Tindle is shot.

Tindle’s family has filed a legal claim of BART claims the officer fired before he determines that Tindle had a gun. If BART rejects the claim, the family’s attorney John Burris said a wrongful death lawsuit will be filed.

Rojas, the transit agency police chief, said the officer acted heroically by walking in the direction of gunfire. Mateu has returned to active duty, Rojas said.

Oakland police and the Alameda County district attorney she said any investigation into the shooting and refused to comment further.

A shooting nine years ago at another Oakland BART station led to unrest and demonstrations.

Former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter fatal shooting of Oscar Grant on Jan. 1, 2009, on an Oakland train platform. Mehserle is white; Grant was black and unarmed.

Grant’s story, and the shoot, was the basis for the 2013 film “Fruitvale Station.”

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