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CA Deputy Not Charged in Killing of Unarmed Homeless Man

An Orange County, Ca., sheriff’s deputy won’t face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man who was in the midst of a mental health crisis when he was stopped for jaywalking in 2020 in San Clemente, Ca., reports the Washington Post. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said it would not charge Deputy Eduardo Duran for the death of 42-year-old Kurt Reinhold. Prosecutors said Duran’s partner, Jonathan Israel, told them that Reinhold grabbed his service weapon as the three men struggled on the ground after they tried to detain him.

Reinhold’s family disputed the law enforcement account of the incident, which was partially captured at a distance with dash-cam video and later eyewitness video. Reinhold’s family, which has a wrongful death lawsuit pending against the county, allege Reinhold was targeted by deputies with a pretextual stop because he was Black. Reinhold's family said, “This was a racially motivated stop aimed at harassing Mr. Reinhold, nothing more. The deputies’ escalating tactics — including having a Taser drawn and tackling Mr. Reinhold to the ground — directly contributed to the deputies’ unlawful use of deadly force against a man who was unarmed and had not committed a crime.”

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