No Charges to be Filed against LAPD Cop who Killed Mentally Ill Man in Costco

A surveillance video was released but was not very clear.

After three months of silence, Southern California prosecutors announced they will not be filing charges against Los Angeles police officer Salvador Sanchez, who was off-duty when he killed a mentally disabled man inside a Costco over the summer.

Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced Wednesday that a grand jury reviewed the evidence and decided Tuesday that no criminal activity took place the night of June 14 when Sanchez killed Kenneth French and wounded his two parents, Richard and Paola.

Hestrin also showed a surveillance video during Wednesday's press conference that did not show much because it was recorded so far away.

The video, which does not include audio, shows two figures struggling with each other. Ken French is the tall man with the striped shirt. It appears as if he is getting shoved by the cop but police said French attacked first.

They both end up on the floor which is when the cop opened fire, shooting ten times. Four rounds struck Ken French, three in the back and one in the shoulder. Paola French was shot once in the abdomen and her husband was shot in the back.

Hestrin said that Sanchez was under the impression he had just been shot by an active shooter which is why he opened fire. Hestrin said he has the option to file charges despite the grand jury findings but will not do so.

A judge had previously banned the release of the video for a year but now the judge has allowed its release.

The video can be seen after the 15:30 mark in the video below or here if it does not show up.

Comments (6)
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Gilwill
Gilwill

An off duty police officer gets into a fist fight. Then pulls a gun out and kills the man. But there is no wrong doing? Talk about no accountability what so ever.

NonyaFknB
NonyaFknB

No way that is the only video. Every row has 2 cams to catch shoplifters.

NonyaFknB
NonyaFknB

Do what? This sends a very bad message that they can just kill you when their feelings are hurt and without any regard for the public at large. Hope their family files with the DOJ... That is insane!

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

the ONLY active shooter was the the dumb ass pig! goes to show that another murderer gets to walk free!

Copslayer
Copslayer

I Hope street justice will find this pig