The Latest: Sacramento official: Shootings warrant change

LOS ANGELES (AP) " The Latest on fatal police confrontations in California (all times local):

5:05 p.m.

The city of Sacramento's top safety official will recommend changes to police training after two officers fatally shot a mentally ill black man this summer.

Francine Tournour oversees city public safety accountability and has been reviewing the shooting of 50-year-old Joseph Mann. His family says his erratic behavior did not warrant police shooting him 14 times.

Tournour says the fatal shooting is at least the fifth by Sacramento police in the last three years of people who were not complying with police orders and had a weapon other than a firearm.

She says that pattern shows the department should rethink its approach to de-escalating crises, as well as establish different training and possibly a new staff position in the police department.

She says the recommendations could be made in two weeks.


3:30 p.m.

A lawyer says a lawsuit is planned over the death of a black man after he was restrained by police in Pasadena, California.

Attorney Caree Harper said Monday a federal civil rights lawsuit will allege excessive force.

Police say officers responding to a disturbance used Tasers on Reginald Thomas, who was armed with a knife, and physically restrained him before he stopped breathing.

The mother of some of Thomas' children said he was bipolar, and one caller to 911 had said he might be under the influence of drugs.

The family attorney acknowledged Thomas had mental issues but would not be specific.

The death of Thomas triggered Black Lives Matter protests in Pasadena.


11:30 a.m.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says one of two men fatally shot by officers in separate incidents during the weekend had pointed what turned out to be a replica handgun.

Beck says the orange tip of the replica gun had been colored black.

He says both officers involved in Sunday's shooting were wearing body cameras and the footage supports their accounts while refuting claims that the man was shot on the ground.

The chief says that in another shooting on Saturday the man who was killed was holding a loaded handgun and turned toward officers.


11:20 a.m.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says a black man fatally shot during a foot pursuit was holding a loaded semi-automatic handgun and turned toward officers.

Beck says the man was hit once in the torso and once in the knee Saturday. He says the man's gun had a round in the chamber but was not fired.

Beck says the officers did not have body cameras, but a surveillance video from a business shows the man was armed.


10:47 a.m.

The family of a black man killed by police in Sacramento in July is demanding that the officers be charged with murder and that the U.S. Department of Justice open a civil rights investigation.

John Burris, an attorney for the family of 50-year-old Joseph Mann, said Monday that recently released police dash-cam video shows two Sacramento Police Department officers "behaved like big game hunters closing in on an animal."

He says their actions constitute premeditated murder.

The Sacramento Bee enhanced audio on videos released by police and reported that two officers talked about trying to hit Mann with their police cruiser before shooting him 14 times.

In Los Angeles, activists are separately calling on police to publicly name officers involved in the deadly shooting Saturday of an 18-year-old black man.


6:45 a.m.

Los Angeles police say a man was shot and killed by officers responding to reports of a man with a gun.

Officer Liliana Preciado says a firearm was recovered at the scene of the fatal shooting Sunday afternoon in a residential area of South LA.

Preciado says the shooting happened when officers approached two Hispanic men, one of whom matched the description in the initial call of a suspect with a gun.

The suspect was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was not identified.

The second man was questioned and released.

Preciado did not have additional details.

The shooting occurred a few miles from the site where a crowd gathered to protest the deadly police shooting Saturday of an 18-year-old black man.

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