A body cam video of Fresno police mortally wounding a mentally ill man in September drew different interpretations Thursday from lawyers for the man’s family and Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer.
The lawyers, who filed a lawsuit against the Fresno Police Department on behalf of Freddy Centeno’s family, held a news conference Thursday where they released graphic side-by-side footage they say shows two officers confronting, then quickly shooting, Centeno. The Fresno man died 23 days later.
In the body cam video, two Fresno police officers, identified in the lawsuit as Zebulon Price and Felipe Miguel Lucero, get out of their car, identify themselves and yell for Centeno, 40, to get on the ground. They then fire 10 shots – seven of which hit Centeno. The time between the officers getting out of the car and firing their weapons is a few seconds.
Dyer held his own news conference later in the day and walked reporters through the raw video, freezing it at specific times and pointing out exactly when Centeno reached into his pocket, grabbed a black object, pulled it out and slightly raised his hands.