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Get outraged, Burlingame. Police shoot and kill a 20 year old mentally ill man
by anne
Tuesday Aug 17th, 2010 7:51 PM
Please, community, get outraged. Burlingame police respond to a domestic call from a mother of a 20 year old mentally disabled man, and end up shooting and killing the man. Devastated mother disputes police claim that man was armed with a knife and dangerous. I know this man from the neighborhood. I am shocked and saddened, and confirmed in my fears of the police.
(08-17) 17:07 PDT BURLINGAME -- A Burlingame woman's call to police for help in dealing with her mentally ill son set off a chain of events that ended with officers shooting the man to death, authorities and relatives said Tuesday.

Edgar Aristondo, 20, of Burlingame was shot outside his home Monday evening on the 200 block of Myrtle Road near Howard Avenue, authorities said. Officers shot him after he threatened them with a "large, serrated steak-type knife" and advanced on them even after being hit with a Taser shock weapon, police Capt. Mike Matteucci said.

However, Aristondo's mother, Gladys Aristondo, 47, later denied that her son had been armed with a knife and said there had been no reason for officers to shoot him.

"I am angry," she said. "I needed help. I did not want the police to kill my son. The police shot my son and killed my son very quickly."

Matteucci was not immediately available to respond to her comments.

The incident began when Gladys Aristondo placed a 911 call around 8:30 p.m. In an interview, Aristondo said her son suffered from depression and had been drinking and refusing to take his medication.

When officers arrived, Edgar Aristondo was outside in the street and advanced on them with a knife, Matteucci said.

"The officers were placed in a position where they had to defend themselves," Matteucci said.

One officer fired a Taser shock weapon, but Aristondo continued to advance, Matteucci said.

Another officer then shot Aristondo, Matteucci said. Aristondo was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The knife was recovered at the scene.

The officers were placed on routine paid administrative leave pending investigations by police and the San Mateo County district attorney's office. Their names have not been released.

Gladys Aristondo said that when her son began exhibiting troubling behavior Monday, she first called his therapist for help. The therapist told her to call the police, she said.

This was not the first time she had to call authorities about her son, she said. About two years ago, Edgar Aristondo overdosed on medication. His mother called police, and he was hospitalized, she said.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/17/BAPH1EV5B4.DTL&type=health#ixzz0wvCyNM7D
by sc
Tuesday Aug 24th, 2010 12:08 AM
I am also shocked .. Edward was a friend to many I know .. ..

1. Why is this NOT on the NEWS ???????????????

last year there was a dead body in a car outside my house and it was NOT on the news either .. WHY because if it happens in Burlingame it stays in Burlingame. .. see link .. http://cbs5.com/local/burlingame.body.suspect.2.771702.html

2. The police need to prove Edward came at them with a knife because his mom swears he was not holding a knife and he was running away from the police when he was killed. Who will the court system considered more credible .. The word of a Spanish speaking older lady or the words of the police .. she called for help not to have her son killed !

3. The police better be able to prove the taser did not stop him and explain why they did not try to taser him again before killing him.. You just can't go around killing people even if you are the police.

4. Why didn't the police shoot his knee or his arm or his leg .. why did they feel the need to shoot to kill .. why kill a 20 year old kid who was LOVED in his community.