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July 8th 2010 Manteca man Ernest Duenez Jr. was shot & killed by Manteca Police Dept.
On June 8, 2011 my cousin Ernest Duenez Jr was unarmed and fatally shot mulitple times in the body and face by a Manteca Police Officer in San Joaquin County. According to several witnesses, Ernest posed no threat to the officer as he exited the back of the truck with his hands up. His leg became entangled in the seatbelt and as he fell to the ground he was shot by the officer without hesitation. Each shot ensuring death being the only outcome for Ernest including the final shot to the face. The officer made the decision to use excessive deadly force with such disregard for my cousin's life. Such reckless behavior by law enforcement happens all too often and has affected too many families including mine.
Manteca PD has released different accounts of the incident all which have proven to be untrue and haven't made a comment regarding my cousins death since. It has been a month and they are yet to release the name of the officer (who was allowed to return to work 2 weeks later) or the video recorded on the police car camera. They refuse to answer any of the questions my family deserves to know pending a 6 month investigation. If Manteca PD can release multiple false statements within hours of the shooting, why can't they answer our questions NOW! Especially the biggest question of all "What justification did the officer have for taking my cousin's life." The lies and lack of response by Manteca PD proves they have no consideration for the lives effected by this tragedy. This officer should be taken off the force so his itchy trigger finger and bad judgement can't take the life of another in our community. My family is represented my renowned Attorney John Burris (also represented the family of Oscar Grant, victim of Bay Area Bart Officer in 2009) in a civil lawsuit against the City of Manteca for the wrongful killing of Ernest.
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My cousin was not perfect, but he didn't deserve a death penalty while in the upswing of his life. Ernest was a beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson, cousin, husband and father of a 1 year old son. One behalf of my entire family I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this.
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