A deeper look at the shooting of Magdiel Sanchez is in order.
After my tweet from last night I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog post about the death of mr. Sanchez because I didn’t recall reading about him in my news feed. This is what I wrote last night:
Just read about the shooting of Magdiel Sanchez - A mentally challenged, deaf man - was shot by police while standing on his porch.—
tyler shepard (@tylershepard223) September 25, 2017
and for context this is the paragraph the Huffington Post wrote that inspired my tweet:
“A mentally challenged, deaf man was standing on his porch when police officers arrived looking for the driver of a hit and run. There were no deaths involved in this hit and run so officers were looking for someone who left the scene of an accident. Magdiel Sanchez was not the driver or in any way involved with the accident. Sanchez often went on walks in his neighborhood and he took a small metal pipe with him to protect him from stray dogs. The officers shouted for him to drop the pipe but Sanchez didn’t hear the officers or understand their commands. Several neighbors yelled at the police officers that Sanchez was deaf and couldn’t hear them. But the officers shot him anyway. One officer shot this man with a taser, the other officer shot him six or seven times with his gun. This deaf, mentally challenged man died on his own porch.”
The story gets werse if you read the Times article:
“The first officer to arrive called for backup, pulled out his Taser and ordered Mr. Sanchez, 35, who was on his front porch, to drop the two-foot-long pipe he was clutching, the police said.
The officer’s commands did not register with Mr. Sanchez. He ambled off the porch toward the officer, waving the pipe in his right hand, according to the police and a witness.
Julio Rayos, a neighbor who lives a few homes away and knew the man was deaf, said he saw the confrontation unfold and sensed trouble.
He said that he ran toward the officer with his wife and his 12-year-old daughter, all three of them screaming that the man could not understand the officer.
“Don’t kill him, he’s deaf,” his daughter yelled. “Don’t do it!”
About six other neighbors joined in, frantically trying to get the officer’s attention. But less than a minute after the episode began, a second officer arrived and immediately pulled out his handgun, Mr. Rayos said. While people continued to scream, the first officer fired his Taser at Mr. Sanchez, while the second fired his handgun, the police said.
Capt. Bo Mathews, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department, said Wednesday that the second officer, Sgt. Christopher Barnes, fired multiple shots and that Mr. Sanchez, who was hit more than once, was pronounced dead in front of his house.
Apparently this startted because of a hit and run and the father of Mr. Sanchez drove to the home where the police shot his child.