VIDEO: San Francisco Cop Shoots Fleeing Man in Back over Open Container of Beer

Cop shoots man in back, claiming he was in fear for his life because the man pulled a gun on him but video refutes that.

The city of San Francisco was celebrating the victory of the Golden State Warriors NBA championship Saturday night when a cop confronted four men for drinking alcohol from open containers in public.

One of the men took off running, prompting a foot chase where the cop shot him in the back.

The San Francisco police officer, whose name has not been released, claimed the man had pulled a gun on him.

But bodycam and surveillance video do not confirm that.

Nevertheless, police say they found a gun despite not being able to spot the gun after shooting Oliver Barcenas in the back. Barcenas is recovering from the gunshot wounds.

San Francisco police released four videos of the incident including two bodycam videos from two cops as well as a video from a surveillance camera in the area, but none even hint that Barcenas may have pulled a gun.

In fact, within the seconds after the cop shot him, he makes no attempt to remove the gun from Barcenas, even though he was still alive. Unconscious but alive.

"He had a firearm," the cop claims. "I don't know where it is right now."

Meanwhile, witnesses who had been celebrating their city's NBA victory had become angry.

The incident took place on June 9, 2018 about 15 minutes after midnight. San Francisco police explained the following in a press release:

• Two uniformed officers from Central Station were on patrol in a marked police vehicle.
• The officers observed four individuals standing at the corner of Grant Avenue and Vallejo Street and the officers decided to contact the group of four individuals for an open alcohol container in public violation.
• One officer made contact with the group of four individuals and engaged in a dialogue about the open alcohol container while his partner parked their vehicle.
• After a brief dialogue between the officer and the four individuals, one of the four, later determined to be twenty-eight year old San Francisco resident Oliver Barcenas began to flee on foot on Grant Avenue towards Green Street.
• The officer pursued Mr. Barcenas on foot and during the pursuit Mr. Barcenas removed and discarded the jacket he was wearing and drew a firearm from his waist.
• After Mr. Barcenas drew a firearm from his waist, the pursuing officer discharged his firearm at Barcenas striking him.
• Mr. Barcenas fell to the ground.

Despite no gun being found on the video, police say they found the following gun near Barcenas after he was shot, but many commenters are accusing police of planting the gun, which they were sued to doing to another man in 2010.

Below are the four videos released by police. Above is a shortened edited video from the bodycam of the cop who shot barcenas.

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KYM_POSSABLE67
KYM_POSSABLE67

I THINK THE DAME COPS PLANTED THE GUN SAYING THEY FOUND IT AND I BET THE GUY DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A GUN BECAUSE I NEVER SAW GUN IN HIS HANDS ALSO IF THE GUN WAS IN HIS HAND WHEN HE FELL THE GUN WOULD DO ONE OF TWO THING IT WOULD OF FALL OUT OF HIS HANDS AND SLID ACROSS THE SIDE WALK IN FRONT OF HIM OR MAY BE UNDER THE CAR ON THE SIDE IN TO THE CUTTER OR IT WOULD BE UNDER HIM ALSO WHAT THE HELL WAS HE SHOOTING A PERSON ON A CROWDED STREET FOR ANYWAYS

NoSignUps
NoSignUps

At 23 seconds into the second video something can be seen being thrown from the person's RIGHT hand. The motion of the throw starts out with his left foot extended and he tosses it underhand across his body to the right. It's a grainy video and I grant that it cannot be clearly identified but an object of some kind is thrown into the street between the cars and vaguely represents a gun.

You can also see at the end of the second body camera video that the gun the cop finds ("Gun right here" - 2:34) is in roughly the same area as where it was thrown. (note the blue car in the body cam appears grey on the security camera, most likely due to poorer quality / low lighting).

I'm willing to evaluate any evidence, and I'm not that is easily deceived - but also don't be blinded by injustices other cops have done. If we treat them as THEM rather than on an individual basis we are no better than THEM.

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

No, there is no gun. Watch the second surveillance video. It shows the same scene from the other angle and you can see the persons who is running's hands. No gun is in it.

You are being tricked by the suggestion of a gun (the police say he has a gun in the text released with the video) to believe there is actually one present. But the video does not lie.

His hands do not have a gun in them.

And the gun they "found" is not one that makes no sound when it hits the asphalt.

NoSignUps
NoSignUps

For those looking for it - 31 Seconds into the Surveillance #1 video you can see the guy toss something towards the street (helps if you slow it down to .25 speed; watch between the 2 cars). It DOES appear to be a gun.

I'm normally with you guys in terms of use of force but on this one I'm split. Yes the cop shot him in the back but look at the factors:

  1. There was already a gun in play and the guy was running.
  2. There were other people on the sidewalk / street.

Use of force is allowed if the cop thinks that there's a chance of severe bodily harm to themselves or another person. Because one gun was thrown does not automatically make the suspect unarmed. He could have been carrying a second one. Given the above in THIS specific instance I'm less appalled by the use of force than in other cases.

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

This was a Walter Scott style execution attempt.

The video is clear: no thing in the hands of the person shot when the cop pulls out his gun and aims it at him, no thing in the hands of the person shot at the time he was shot.

If he had "disposed" of a gun, it would have been heard by those on the sidewalk and someone would have gone to look.

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