Citizen’s commission finds excessive force used in fatal shooting of Pedie Perez

Richmond citizen's commission finds excessive force in cop's fatal shooting of Pedie Perez
Protesters call for justice in the fatal shooting of unarmed Richard "Pedie" Perez by a Richmond police officer in 2014.

After several years of vigilant advocacy by the family of Richard “Pedie” Perez, the Richmond Citizen Police Review Commission substantiated the allegation that excessive and unreasonable force was used by a police officer who fatally shot Perez outside Uncle Sam’s Liquors on Cutting Boulevard in 2014.

David A. Brown, chair of the commission, made the announcement on Wednesday, according to Mayor Tom Butt.

“As Mr. Jensen is no longer an employee of the Department, the Citizens Police Review Commission had no disciplinary recommendations,” according to the mayor.

John Burris, a civil rights attorney for Perez’s family, called the result excellent, according to Bay City News.

“They had been dogged in their efforts to get the city of Richmond to complete their investigation,” Burris said. “They were determined to get justice for their son.”

Perez was unarmed when he was fatally shot on Sept. 14, 2014. His family disputes a claim by the shooter, former Richmond police Officer Wallace Jensen, that a highly intoxicated Perez tried to grab his gun during a struggle outside the liquor store. Perez had resisted orders to sit on the curb prior to the tussle, police said.

Following the incident, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office declined to charge Officer Jensen, saying he was defending himself, as he feared Perez would use his firearm against him.

“He should’ve been prosecuted,” Burris said, according to Bay City News. “It’s up to the district attorney, and it’s a different DA now.”

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton has not yet publicly responded to the latest development in the case.

In February 2016 it was reported that Richmond agreed to a legal settlement with the family of Perez over the fatal shooting for about $850,000.