Pelosi calls on FBI to investigate fatal police shooting of Sean Monterrosa

Pelosi calls on FBI to investigate fatal police shooting of Sean Monterrosa
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House officials, Democrats spar over legality, substance of executive orders Sunday shows - Trump coronavirus executive orders reverberate Pelosi: 'Of course there's room for compromise' on 0-per-week unemployment benefit MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday called for the FBI to investigate the fatal shooting of Sean Monterrosa in the city of Vallejo, Calif., last month. 

Pelosi joined local officials in calling for a broader probe into the shooting, in which an officer fired his weapon through the windshield of a police vehicle at Monterrosa, 22, near a Walgreens where a theft had occurred during protests. Pelosi and others had specifically voiced concerns over allegations of destruction of evidence with regard to the killing.

“The police killing of Sean Monterrosa was a horrible act of brutality that continues to shake our Bay Area community," Pelosi said in a statement. "Recent reports that key evidence in the investigation was destroyed are deeply disturbing and highlight the urgency and necessity of an outside, independent federal investigation.

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“I join Sean’s family, Vallejo city officials and community members in calling for an FBI investigation into Sean’s murder, including into the destruction of essential evidence in this homicide case,” she added. “We must insist on justice and accountability to honor Sean’s life and the lives of all killed by police brutality in America.” 

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Vallejo police released body camera footage of the shooting last week, though the video did not show what transpired before the confrontation and the body camera was turned off after the shooting.

Police have said the detective involved in the shooting opened fire after he believed Monterrosa was reaching for a handgun, but no firearm was recovered at the scene. Monterrosa was in possession of a hammer.

Pelosi said the shooting was evidence of the need for the Senate to take up House-passed legislation that would include a slate of police reforms, including creating a national registry of police abuses and making it easier to both prosecute and sue individual officers in cases of misconduct.

“Sean’s killing highlights the urgent need for the Senate to pass the House-passed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which will fundamentally transform the culture of policing in America as it saves lives,” she said. “May Sean’s memory be a source of strength to all as we seek justice in his name. May it be a comfort to his family and loved ones that so many in our city mourn with and pray for them during this devastating time.”