Protesters have flooded the streets of San Bernardino, California, one day after a police killing of a black man. Police said the victim, who had a gun, was shot after he overpowered an officer and took out his own weapon.

Scores of Black Lives Matter demonstrators have amassed in front of the King Tut Liquor store in San Bernardino on Friday evening to protest the killing of Mark Matthew Bender, a black man, who was shot and killed there by a responding officer a day before.

SAN BERNARDINO: Earlier BLM protesters called to “abolish the police” in unison in front of the King Tut Liquor store where Mark Matthew Bender was shot and killed by an officer after reaching for a weapon while resisting arrest

Footage shows protesters chanting “F**k the police” and other slogans in support of defunding and disbanding the force.

“We can defund the police! We can dissolve the police! We can abolish the police, we don’t need these motherf**kers, we don’t need them!” a speaker at the rally told a cheering crowd.  

SAN BERNARDINO: “What I can do, is tear down the system that lifts up crackers with badges”A BLM protester expresses why he wants to defund and disarm the police

Police said that the incident unfolded as a lone officer was responding to a report that a man was wreaking havoc in the convenience store’s parking lot. The female caller told 911 that the man was armed, “jumping on top of cars” and “just going crazy.”

Body cam footage released by law enforcement shows an officer approaching a black man wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts, who police said fit the description of the suspect. The officer calls out to the man, telling him to put his hands in the air so he can see them. Bender shouts: “Why do you have a gun on me?” – but appears to comply, briefly raising his hands. Moments later the man seemingly changes his mind and puts his hands back down, as he continues walking telling the pursuing officer “don’t touch me.”

The next moment, the officer jumps on Bender from the back, trying to subdue him while telling him to stay on the ground. In the ensuing showdown, the suspect fights off the police officer, shaking him off with a relative ease. 

Please see the attached and UPDATED Press Release regarding an incident that occurred earlier in San Bernardino. Also, we have included the 9-1-1 audio from the original female caller and the Body Worn Camera video from the solo involved officer. Due to the video sizes, portions will be sent out separately.

Публикация от SBPD (@sanbernardino_pd) 23 Окт 2020 в 4:32 PDT

Another video released by police appears to show Bender reaching for something from his waistband, presumably a gun. The police said that a “loaded handgun” was retrieved from the scene in the aftermath of the altercation.

Regarding the last Press Release we just published, here is video of the incident. The images can be graphic, therefore, Viewer Discretion is Advised. Investigation #2020-114893.

“The suspect reached under his T-shirt and pulled a black handgun from his front right pocket. The officer noticed the suspect had a black handgun in his right hand and he immediately disengaged the suspect from his safety,” police said in a statement.

The statement alleges the man “began turning towards the officer and bystanders with the gun still in his hand,” which was when the officer fired his weapon “multiple times” into the suspect, who later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

Protesters who took to the streets on Friday, however, argued that the officer should not have resorted to lethal force even if the suspect was indeed armed.

SAN BERNARDINO: A BLM supporter claims the officer who shot and killed Mark Matthew Bender after realizing he was armed with a weapon wasn’t justified The man claims “whether he had a gun or not, he (the officer) is supposed to follow a certain protocol”

An investigation into the case is now underway.

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