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San Diego police say Yan Li, 47, was shot and killed after she stabbed a K9 officer. Li’s supporters say she had psychological well being points.

SAN DIEGO — A bunch of Chinese group activists are protesting an officer and deputy involving taking pictures of Yan Li in Little Italy.

They are calling for an independent investigation and higher de-escalation ways involving psychological well being points.

On March 3, after officers pressured their approach into her residence whereas serving an eviction discover, Li stabbed certainly one of them.

She was shot and killed. The officer recovered.

The Alliance of Chinese Americans San Diego is protesting the officer-involved taking pictures loss of life of Yan Li, PhD. They say though she confirmed a weapon, her loss of life may have been prevented.

Body digital camera video launched by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reveals the Deputy Jason Bunch serving Li with an eviction discover. The deputy tells Li to place the knife down or he’ll (expletive) shoot.

“Is that kind of language necessary, it definitely escalated the situation. She already has a psychological, emotional and stressful time in the moment,” stated Sunny Rickard, president of the Alliance of Chinese Americans San Diego.

She says officers had  been referred to as to the Li’s residence prior to now for psychological well being points.

“We are deeply saddened and once again we ask the question why this happened, did Dr. Li have to die?” stated Rickard.

The physique digital camera video reveals Li holding a knife, accusing Deputy Bunch of being a pretend police officer, refusing his instructions and throwing the eviction discover at him and slams the door.

“She went back into her home, locked her door. It does not appear, does not impose any imminent threat anymore so no justification to escalate the situation,” stated Rickard.

The whole incident lasted about 45 minutes however the San Diego Sheriff’s Department solely launched a ten minute condensed video model.

San Diego police had been referred to as for backup.

That night time SDPD Homicide Lt. Matt Dobbs stated there was a previous incident with Li the day earlier than the taking pictures.

“One of the employees of the complex said the same female had threatened a male maintenance worker with a knife the previous day,” stated Dobbs.

Police nonetheless wanted to serve the discover. They went again as much as Li’s house and made entry with a supervisor’s key.

Video reveals Li continues to be holding the knife and an officer and deputy fired bean baggage at her. That’s when Li fees ahead with a knife and stabs the K9 handler, prompting 3 deputies and a canine officer to open fireplace.

When the video was launched CBS 8 spoke with retired SDPD SWAT commander Ray Shay who stated taking pictures somebody is a final resort.

“Unfortunately, at this level the deputies have run out of choices,” Shay.

Li’s supporters say regulation enforcement acted too rapidly. The Psychological Emergency Response Team (PERT)  was referred to as however officers went into the house earlier than they arrived.

Now the Alliance is asking for independent investigation.

“Mental health is not a crime and should not be treated as a crime,” stated Rickard.


A spokesperson for SDPD issued a press release in response to the Alliance’s information convention:

“We perceive the group has questions and considerations in regards to the law-enforcement taking pictures involving Dr. Li. This is an lively investigation. 

The investigation and review course of for an officer-involved taking pictures is extraordinarily thorough. When the Homicide Unit completes its investigation, it will likely be reviewed by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to find out if the officers bear any felony legal responsibility for their actions. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department will probably be helping within the investigation and can conduct an administrative investigation into their deputies’ discharge of their firearms. The San Diego Police Internal Affairs Unit will conduct an inside investigation into the actions of the San Diego Police Officer. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office can even be monitoring the investigation. The investigations will probably be reviewed by the county’s Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) and the City of San Diego’s independent Commission on Police Practices (CPP).”

Once the San Diego Police Department murder items finishes its investigation it will likely be handed over to the das office to find out whether or not or not this was a justified taking pictures.

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