Newly released videos show two Northern California police officers shooting and killing fleeing suspects, raising questions about whether the officers should be criminally charged and whether years of scrutiny and reforms have improved how police use deadly force. In one case, a Danville officer stepped into the path of an unarmed driver who was trying to elude a chase and fired a volley of shots through the windshield at close range. In the other, an officer in the Stanislaus County city of Ceres fired more than a dozen shots at a 15-year-old armed suspect running away through an almond orchard. As in the Danville case, the Ceres officer gave no commands before opening fire. Both killings occurred last year — the Ceres shooting on Aug. 18, the Danville shooting on Nov. 3 — but police officials released body-camera videos this week, sparking outrage and underscoring the power of such footage. A decade ago, before a national movement against police brutality, most police shootings were not captured on video. Now, nearly all of them are. Officials with the district attorney's offices in Contra Costa and Stanislaus counties said they would not comment on potential charges in the cases because they remain… Read full this story
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