Video Shows California Police Shooting Teen They Were Supposed To Rescue

Radio transmissions, believed to be from a helicopter, alerted officers to Savannah’s presence.

Los Angeles, USA:

Newly Video released showing US police shooting A chaotic incident on a busy California highway has left a kidnapped teenage girl on a mission to rescue her.

Savannah Graziano, 15, was shot when one of the officers was stopped by her father, who was armed with a gun that had killed her mother and kidnapped her daughter the day before.

The episode came to light in September 2022, when police in San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, began pursuing a car Anthony Graziano was driving with Savannah in the passenger seat.

Footage taken by a California Highway Patrol helicopter and released Friday shows a pickup truck speeding at more than 110 mph (175 kph) and Graziano firing multiple shots at officers from inside the vehicle. is shown.

The pursuit ended when Graziano drove the wrong way down a freeway on-ramp and came to a stop in scrubland surrounded by police vehicles.

Video released Friday shows Savannah getting out of her car and walking towards the officer, and in another recording Savannah can be heard calling for her.

Radio transmissions, believed to be from a helicopter, alerted officers to Savannah’s presence.

“The girl’s out. The girl’s out. All right, the girl’s out, guys. She’s… out. She’s out on the passenger side,” a male voice said.

The footage shows Savannah crouching on the ground for several seconds before getting up and walking toward a group of officers.

In the video, apparent gunshots can be heard, a voice saying “Oh no” can be heard on the radio, and Savannah appears to be a blur.

Audio captured by a microphone worn by an officer on the ground records the officer calling Savannah.

“Come! Come, come, come…walk, walk, walk,” he said as heavy gunfire rang out.

“Hey! Stop! Stop shooting her,” he tells his colleagues. “He’s in the car!”

After this statement, several gunshots are heard.

A video narration released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner describes the moment.

“I can hear him calling for her and telling other deputies that it was the passenger who got out of the truck and to stop firing, but it was too late.”

The boy was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Her father was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they found multiple weapons, bulletproof vests and hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside the pickup truck.

The names of the officers involved have not been released.

This incident is being investigated by the California Department of Justice (DOJ).

San Bernardino Sheriff Shannon Dicus said Tuesday that the department was being transparent after the incident.

“My hope is that this video is watched to the end and provides some insight into the unfortunate events that occurred that day,” he said.

“We urge the public to allow the Department of Justice to complete an independent investigation before drawing any conclusions.”

The video was released just weeks after deputies from the same sheriff’s department shot and killed a 15-year-old autistic boy who suffered from mental health issues.

Both incidents highlighted the use of force by police.

Violent incidents involving the public and police are not uncommon in the United States.

More than 1,100 people have been shot and killed by police nationwide in the past 12 months, according to a tally by The Washington Post.

The numbers are unofficial because police are not required to report incidents to the federal government.

In the United States, where there are more guns than people, guns kill tens of thousands of people every year.

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