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California cops removed bullets from teen after they shot him: lawsuit

Cops in California shot a youngster twice within the again — then removed the bullets “by hand” earlier than paramedics arrived, a federal lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit filed this week claims that officers within the Bay Area metropolis of Hayward wrongfully shot the 17-year-old within the again in June, then took out the bullets themselves and dropped the teen off at a juvenile facility, the Mercury News reported.

“It’s barbaric, the way in which they tried to minimize the harm they caused this young man,” Adante Pointer, the lawyer for the teen’s household, informed the newspaper.

“It’s completely inappropriate and fortunately it didn’t cause more severe damage to him,” the legal professional added.

Pointer also posted photos of the unnamed teen’s wounds on Twitter.

“The cops did this to a kid when the eyes of the world were looking!” he wrote in another post. “Imagine what happens when NO ONE is looking!”

The lawsuit, filed Monday, claims {the teenager} fell asleep in his cousin’s automotive close to the scene of looting within the midst of Black Lives Matter protests within the metropolis.

Police stated cops had been dispatched to a CVS pharmacy within the space on studies of looting.

The teenager, nonetheless, claims he awakened round 4 a.m. on June 1, frightened and confused, and drove previous the cops — who opened hearth and struck him within the again.

Hayward Police Officer Samuel Tomlinson stated he believed the automobile was going to hit him so he opened hearth, the Mercury News stated.

The second cop, Police Officer Stephen Akacsos, additionally fired, believing “his partner had either been shot or struck by the vehicle,” Hayward police stated in an announcement after the capturing, the outlet stated.

The teen crashed the automotive and fled, and hid in bushes, the place he was discovered by police and arrested on suspicion of assault with a lethal weapon on a police officer.

The cost was later dropped, the newspaper stated.

“I feel like all they saw was a black face and just believed he did (a crime),” stated the teen’s mom, Jael Barnes. “Not only does he now have these physical wounds, he has these mental wounds as well, which will never go away.”

Hayward police referred inquiries to town attorneys workplace, the outlet stated.

City Attorney Michael Lawson declined to remark remark as a result of town had not but been served with the lawsuit.

It is unclear what occurred to the bullets allegedly removed by the cops.


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