DAVID SEQUOIA shot in the head by Eureka cop

Shot him in the head?

The guy who tackled David because David was on his property, Kris Coon, said that David was on the ground when the cop shot him.

 

Which cop we don't know.

 

Wrestle someone because they walk onto your property?

 

David's body needs to be preserved.  After every other killing by local cops, the families were contacted and rushed into cremating their loved ones body (by the crooked coroner).  Then there is no body for an independent forensics investigation or for the civil rights cases that are brought by the families.  David Sequioa's body must not be destroyed!! 

 

What is he was facing down?  What if he was shot in the back of the head? 

"Stop reaching for the gun"? (see Times-Standard article below) As if someone could reach for a gun more than once in front of a cop.

 

And then the Times-Standard criminalizes David by commenting on some other shooting that happened in Eureka and pondering whether David was involved!

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Breaking News - Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting in Eureka

Submitted by Roy Frostenson on Thu, 03/18/2010 - 11:16

A man is dead after being shot by a Eureka Police Officer this morning.  News Channel 3's Ranjini Srinivasan reports that homeowner Kris Coon says around 11am today he confronted a young white male in his carport at his house in the 1900 block of Summer Street.  Coon says the man had a backpack and a gun and police responded to the scene where according to Coon the officer repeatedly instructed the man to drop the gun and backpack and lie down on the ground but the man refused and reached for his gun and at that point Coon says the officer shot him.  At a news conference later this afternoon Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielson confirmed an officer involved shooting but would not release any other details of the incident or the dead man's identity.  Nielson did say that the State Department of Justice would investigate today's shooting.

 

http://kiem-tv.com/

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Updated: Armed suspect shot by Eureka police dies

The Times-Standard Posted: 03/18/2010 11:48:14 AM PDT
  

A Eureka Police officer shot a reportedly armed man in an alley off Summer Street just before 11 a.m. after a resident wrestled the man to the ground.

 

Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris said at about 1:45 p.m. that David Sequoia, 25, of Eureka, is deceased. Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen confirmed that the shooting involved an officer with his department, though few other details have been released.

 

Resident Kris Coon said he heard rustling in the carport of his home, and found a white man in his early 20s carrying a backpack. Coon said the man - later identified as Sequoia - pushed him, and Coon wrestled him to the ground, then realized the man had a handgun in his belt. Coon's wife called 911, and police arrived quickly, Coon said.

 

Sequoia refused to comply with an officer's order to stop reaching for the gun, Coon said, and an officer shot the man in the head.

 

"They gave him every chance in the world to comply," Coon said.

 

The man was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment, and the coroner was dispatched to the hospital shortly afterward.

 

Nielsen said that the state Department of Justice is on its way to aid in the investigation. Nielsen said he couldn't confirm whether a report of two shots fired on California Street about a block away was related to the incident in the alley off Pine Street. Initial scanner traffic indicated that two others may have been shot in the area and left the scene in a black sport utility vehicle.

 

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Here is a video from Channel 3:  http://kiem-tv.com/

It is called "ARMED MAN SHOT DEAD IN EUREKA FOR JEOPARDIZING RESIDENTS' LIVES."  Already, the media justifies the killing.

 

 
It's sickening to see EPD officer Terry Liles (in white shirt and tie), who killed two teenage boys in cold blood within a 2 1/2 month period, acting as a detective! 

 

"I saw the barrel of the gun go up to his head, and I heard the the gun go off, and I saw the blood."  Kris Coon

 

"We were responding to a call of somebody being chased with a gun in the area..."  Chief Neilsen contradicting what Coon said.  

 

Channel 3 reporter says that Coon suspected David, who was carrying a backpack (see backpack in video), of stealing, and "wanted to search him."  Then the two men got wrestling... Not sure how that amounts to someone being chased with a gun. 

 

Chief Nielsen, after EIGHT Eureka cops and then Humboldt Sheriff's Jail Officers beat 26 year old Martin Cotton (who was houseless) to death in August 2007, also made confident statements about what "his" officers did and did not do, and that he had seen video, etc.  However, the next day admitted that he had not even read one report nor seen a video...

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Man shot by Eureka Police dies

John Driscoll/The Times-Standard Posted: 03/19/2010 01:32:42 AM PDT
   

 

A Eureka Police officer shot a reportedly armed man in an alley off Summer Street at around 11 a.m. Thursday after a resident wrestled the man to the ground.

 

Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris identified the man who was shot as David Sequoia, 25, of Eureka, and said that he was pronounced dead shortly after he was taken to the hospital. Eureka Police Chief Garr Nielsen confirmed that the shooting involved two officers with his department, but released few details about the incident.

On Thursday, Summer Street resident Kris Coon said he heard rustling in the carport of his home, and found a white man in his early 20s carrying a backpack. Coon said the man pushed him, and Coon wrestled him to the ground, then realized the man had a handgun in his belt. His wife had called 911, and police arrived quickly, Coon said.

 

The man refused to comply with officers' orders to give up the gun, Coon said, and an officer shot the man in the head.

 

”They gave him every chance in the world to comply,” Coon said.

 

At a press conference Thursday, Nielsen said that an armed man, later identified as Sequoia, pointed a gun at the officers and refused to drop the weapon. He said that officers are trained not to use deadly force unless someone's life is in danger.

 

”Typically, if deadly force is used, it's because the officer felt like his life or somebody else's life was in imminent danger,” Nielsen said.

Nielsen would not say how many shots were fired by police or how many times Sequoia was shot.

 

Sequoia was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment, and the coroner was dispatched to the hospital shortly afterward. Nielsen said that two officers were involved in the incident, and that one officer had minor injuries. He would not identify the officers involved, but said that both have been placed on administrative leave. [paid vacation]

Nielsen said that it is EPD protocol to hand over cases involving serious injury or death to the California Department of Justice.

 

The incident is the first Eureka officer-involved shooting death in more than three years. Between April 2006 and January 2007, four police-involved shooting deaths rocked the department and the community. Those included the deaths of teenagers Christopher Burgess in October 2006 and Zachary Cooke in January 2007. Cheri Lynn Moore was killed by police in April 2006 after a standoff at her apartment, and Jonni Kiyoshi Honda was shot and killed by officers in December 2006 after a nearly two-day standoff at a Eureka motel.

 

”This is a separate incident,” Nielsen said. “Every incident is different in its details and ... there really is no connection with any events that happened three or four years ago.” [except that the SAME cops are still armed and on the Eureka Police force- with promotions and raises!]

 

Initially believed to be related to the Thursday shooting incident, there was a report of two shots fired about a block away in the parking area of an apartment complex on California Street. Resident Charlie Rangel said that he was in his apartment when he heard two men outside arguing loudly in Spanish. Rangel said he then heard a gunshot, more arguing, and another gunshot.

 

Detectives were called to the area just after police were dispatched to the scene of the Summer Street shooting.

 

Nielsen did not say whether detectives found any evidence of a shooting there, and wouldn't comment on reports that two Hispanic men were seen leaving the location in a black SUV.

But Nielsen said the police have no reason to believe the incidents were related.

Coon said that people in the neighborhood don't put up with illicit activity, and that he was only protecting his family when he went into his carport to investigate the commotion. Coon said that while he is having trouble hearing after the close gunshot, he would probably be dead if it weren't for the quick response and action on the part of the police.

”I will never forget it,” Coon said.

 

Times-Standard staff writers Allison White, Donna Tam and Chris Durant contributed to this story.

 

John Driscoll can be reached at 441-0504 or

jdriscoll@times-standard.com.

 

Seems to me the cops would be talking up the gun- reporting about the kind of gun David had and "would not stop reaching for"...  Perhaps Coon mistook something for a gun at David's waist, and the Eureka Police just 'ran with it'.

 

How can the cop claim to be in danger AND be able to put the barrel of his gun up to the so-called dangerous man's head?

 

There is no reason for anyone in Eureka to trust the police story (or the DA's eventual cover-up that justifies the police). 

 

Read and listen to reports and "news" with INFORMED CYNICISM

 

 

I, Verbena,  was personally told by an elder person (long time Eurekan) that the coroner's special vehicle was on the scene on Summer Street- contrary to the Times-Standard's parroting of the crooked cops and coroner lies.  This is what the T-S reported:  "Sequoia was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for treatment, and the coroner was dispatched to the hospital shortly afterward."  LIES

 

Then I read this from a blog:
 

I was told several interesting things by a close friend who was working at St. Joe’s when Sequoia was brought in:

1. Radio communication with the hospital said the guy was in code (meaning, still alive), but someone slipped up and referred to him as “the body.” My friend was there when he arrived at the hospital. Pronouncing him dead at the hospital was a formality, in my friend’s opinion.

2. There were 2 bullet wounds: 1 in the head, 1 in the chest.

3. Someone who was on the scene told my friend that when transport arrived to pick the guy up, he was face down in a pool of blood, with his hands cuffed behind him.

4. Sequoia had $2,000 in cash on him.

Not making any speculation as to what these things mean, but they are pieces of the puzzle not necessarily out in the papers.