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Police Criticized for Shooting Dementia Patient

Posted December 14th, 2016 at 07:35 PM by redskevin

Police in the American town of Bakersfield in California, have been criticized for shooting a 73-year-old dementia sufferer after reports he might have a gun, only to find he was carrying a crucifix.

A 2015 study rated Bakersfield Police Department as the deadliest in the US. The Bakersfield Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the city of Bakersfield, which according to the BBC, is 110 miles (177km) north of Los Angeles, and has logged 13.6 killings for every million people, compared with a US average of 3.6.
Mr Serna's family have criticized the police actions, and the son, Rogelio, has spoken out.

“My dad did not own a gun. He was a 73-year-old retired grandpa, just living life. He should have been surrounded by family at old age, not surrounded by bullets.”

Police have justified their actions by saying that Mr Serna refused officer commands to take his hands out of his pockets, and neighbours had complained he was threatening people and might be armed. However no firearm was retrieved at the scene, and the police officers involved in the incident have been put on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38309192
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