A San Francisco police officer has been charged with intentional manslaughter for shooting an unarmed man who died three years after being injured at his home in 2017, the San Francisco district attorney’s office said on Tuesday.
Officer Kenneth Cha was charged with shooting Sean Moore after he and his partner Officer Colin Patino responded to a call that Mr. Moore was violating a restraining order early in the 6th. January 2017, according to the district attorney’s office. Mr. Moore died on January 20, 2020 from what the coroner’s report called “acute bowel obstruction” due to gunshot wounds to the abdomen caused by the shooting.
In the statement, District Attorney Chesa Boudin said Constable Cha “did not even have a legal basis to arrest” Mr. Moore and that he was unarmed at his home when he was shot. by Agent Cha.
“When police officers inflict unwarranted violence in blatant disregard for their training, it denigrates the hard work of other police officers and breaks the trust our community places in law enforcement,” said Boudin. “Restoring that trust requires us to hold agents responsible for inflicting unlawful violence. “
Charges against Constable Cha include intentional manslaughter, assault with a semi-automatic firearm, personal improvements with a firearm and grievous bodily harm, the prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday. of the District of San Francisco in a statement. This is only the second time that a law enforcement officer on duty has been prosecuted for a homicide in San Francisco, the office said. Constable Patino has not been charged.
The statement said Mr. Moore’s mother, Cleo Moore, said she was “very happy” to learn of the charges against Constable Cha.
The San Francisco Police Officers Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday. As of Tuesday night, it was not clear if Agent Cha had a lawyer.
When Constable Cha and Constable Patino arrived at Mr. Moore’s door in the early morning of January 6, 2017, Mr. Moore asked them to leave and said he had not violated the order to ban, which prohibited harassment by noise, according to the district attorney. Office. He told the police that he swept his stairs and took out his trash.
The officers did not leave and what followed was a scuffle between the two officers and Mr. Moore in which Constable Cha pepper-sprayed Mr. Moore and, accidentally, his own partner, according to the office of the district attorney. Constable Patino subsequently hit Mr. Moore with his metal baton, and Mr. Moore retaliated, causing Constable Patino to fall down a staircase.
Officer Cha then drew his gun as Mr. Moore kicked in his direction, and Officer Cha shot him twice, according to the district attorney’s office.
“In just eight minutes, Constable Cha elevated a non-violent encounter to one that claimed Sean Moore’s life,” Boudin said.
Three different courts have already ruled that Constable Cha and Constable Patino acted unlawfully by using force against Mr. Moore.
In June, the city of San Francisco settled a lawsuit filed by Mr. Moore’s family for $ 3.25 million, alleging civil rights violations and excessive use of force.
In a statement, Yoel Y. Haile, director of the criminal justice program for the ACLU of Northern California, commended the prosecutor’s office for its “continued efforts to hold police officers accountable for criminal behavior.”
“But Mr. Moore’s death is also a searing indictment of the entire prison system, a system that responds to mental health disorders through criminalization and incarceration rather than treatment and compassion,” he said he declared.