September 16, 2012 at 1:15 AM ET – New video has been released that shows a 20-year old being shot and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy in 2010. Jonathan Cuevas and two friends stopped at a liquor store on Long Beach Boulevard on the night of October 10, 2010 to purchase beer and snacks on their way to a party. When the men jaywalked across the street, a sheriff’s deputy pulled over to cite them for an alleged pedestrian violation.
The video reveals Cuevas running as the deputy exits his patrol car, and can be seen falling to the ground as the deputy began firing shots. A total of seven shots were fired by the deputy, including close-range shots, four of which struck Cuevas who later died at the hospital.
James Segall Gutierrez, an attorney representing Cuevas’ family, stated that there were no reports of Cuevas behaving violently. The Sheriff’s department incident report stated that the deputy involved claims to have witnessed Cuevas pull a gun from his waistband, and point it at him. Cuevas’ family has stated that the video suggests otherwise.
Cuevas is survived by his fiancé Mayra Murrillo, and their four year old son. The Cuevas family is presently suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department, Los Angeles County, and the deputy involved for wrongful death. Cuevas’ mother Alicia Alvarez is also asking for a public apology from both the deputy and the Sheriff’s department.
Source article by Erika Aguilar for KPCC.
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James Segall Gutierrez, attorney for the family of Jonathan Cuevas, 20, points to the corner of the street in a video clip that shows an LA County Sheriff’s deputy shooting Cuevas. Photo by Erika Aguilar