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Sean Monterrosa's Police Killing Will Be Investigated By The California Attorney General.


California Attorney General Rob Bonta has announced the launch of an independent investigation into the fatal police shooting of Sean Monterrosa, a 22-year-old unarmed Latino man, in Vallejo last year.

In a statement issued Thursday, Bonta stated that the officer's fate would be decided by his state's Department of Justice.

“There is no justice without accountability,” Bonta said, adding that it was “past time Sean Monterrosa’s family, the community, and the people of Vallejo received some answers.”

Monterrosa was killed on June 2, 2020, while responding to reports of looting on the night of a Black Lives Matter protest.

Monterrosa was killed on June 2, 2020, while responding to reports of looting on the night of a Black Lives Matter protest..According to the police report, officers observed a man — later identified as Monterrosa — outside a Walgreens who “appeared to be armed” and ran toward a car before turning to face officers and crouched.

Monterrosa was killed on June 2, 2020, while responding to reports of looting on the night of a Black Lives Matter protest..According to the police report, officers observed a man — later identified as Monterrosa — outside a Walgreens who “appeared to be armed” and ran toward a car before turning to face officers and crouched..Monterrosa, it turned out, didn't have a gun in his pocket; instead, he had a hammer.

Monterrosa was killed on June 2, 2020, while responding to reports of looting on the night of a Black Lives Matter protest..According to the police report, officers observed a man — later identified as Monterrosa — outside a Walgreens who “appeared to be armed” and ran toward a car before turning to face officers and crouched..Monterrosa, it turned out, didn't have a gun in his pocket; instead, he had a hammer..Monterrosa's family claims in a civil rights lawsuit that the 22-year-old was shot while "unarmed, on his knees," with nothing in his hands.

Monterrosa was killed on June 2, 2020, while responding to reports of looting on the night of a Black Lives Matter protest..According to the police report, officers observed a man — later identified as Monterrosa — outside a Walgreens who “appeared to be armed” and ran toward a car before turning to face officers and crouched..Monterrosa, it turned out, didn't have a gun in his pocket; instead, he had a hammer..Monterrosa's family claims in a civil rights lawsuit that the 22-year-old was shot while "unarmed, on his knees," with nothing in his hands..According to the lawsuit, Officer Jarrett Tonn shot Monterrosa five times through the windshield of his vehicle.

Monterrosa was killed on June 2, 2020, while responding to reports of looting on the night of a Black Lives Matter protest..According to the police report, officers observed a man — later identified as Monterrosa — outside a Walgreens who “appeared to be armed” and ran toward a car before turning to face officers and crouched..Monterrosa, it turned out, didn't have a gun in his pocket; instead, he had a hammer..Monterrosa's family claims in a civil rights lawsuit that the 22-year-old was shot while "unarmed, on his knees," with nothing in his hands..According to the lawsuit, Officer Jarrett Tonn shot Monterrosa five times through the windshield of his vehicle..

Tonn and the other officers present were placed on paid administrative leave at the time, but Tonn has reportedly returned to duty and has not been fired, arrested, or charged.

Stardia's request for comment was not immediately answered by police.

“We are sick and tired of murderers being on the force and still getting paid, with no convictions,” Sean Monterrosa’s sister Michelle Monterrosa said at a rally last summer.

It is past time for Sean Monterrosa's family, the community, and the people of Vallejo to receive answers. Rebuilding trust in our institutions begins with each of us. https://t.co/XK7Qom4vdZ— Rob Bonta (@RobBonta) May 13, 2021

Bonta condemned the "failure" of Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams, who "unilaterally abdicated her responsibility" by not conducting a review of the local police investigation into the incident.

Abrams accused Bonta of “playing politics,” claiming that Bonta initially told her that the state DOJ would not investigate the Monterrosa murder, but later announced that his office would.

A request for comment from Bonta's office did not receive an immediate response.

Bonta, who was sworn in late last month, is the state's first Filipino-American attorney general and only the second Asian-American.

Bonta announced a new racial justice bureau earlier this week to look into hate crimes and police misconduct.

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