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Duenez shooting video going on YouTube

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POSTED December 12, 2012 4:01 p.m.


OAKLAND – The family of Ernest Duenez Jr. isn’t letting the findings of the San Joaquin County District Attorney deter them from their quest for justice.

And they’re taking an extreme – and emotional – step to let the public know exactly what happened on that day in June of 2011 when the 34-year-old was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting.

On Wednesday Oakland-based civil rights attorney John Burris officially released the dashboard camera video that shows Manteca Police Officer John Moody draw his gun, attempt to holster it, shout orders at Duenez and then fire a volley of 13 rounds that would ultimately kill him.

The graphic video – which includes a gut-wrenching seven-minute sequence following the shooting where Duenez is untangled from his seat-belt and then laid out on the grass and eventually handcuffed before medics arrive on scene – was set to be uploaded  to video sharing website YouTube Wednesday evening.

While the District Attorney’s report which was released on Monday claims that Duenez was in fact holding a knife in his hand when he attempted to exit the vehicle he was riding in after it pulled into his driveway on Flores Avenue, both Burris and Associate Benjamin Nisenbaum maintain that there was no weapon on his person and that a tip to police that he was supposedly in possession of one may have made him a target by Moody.

Burris said that that Duenez’ death was “fundamentally the most outrageous shooting event I’ve ever seen – bar any. I know there has been a lot of discussion about various cases but even the Oscar Grant case does not rise to the level in terms of the sheer barbarianism of this particular shooting.”

Burris also plans to try and get federal prosecutors to pursue murder charges in the case.

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