Sacramento sheriff releases video, investigative files on 2017 killing of unarmed black man

Three years after Sacramento County deputies fired 28 rounds and killed Mikel McIntyre, an unarmed black man who was running from them along Highway 50 during rush hour, Sheriff Scott Jones has released the internal affairs file that concludes the shooting was “appropriate, justified and within policy.”

The 1,193 pages of documents, as well as photos and videos that Jones had resisted releasing until The Sacramento Bee filed one lawsuit and threatened to file another, differs sharply from the conclusion reached in August 2018 by the county’s Inspector General, former Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel, who found the shooting was “excessive, unnecessary” and put citizens at risk.

The documents were released as the nation has been shaken by the in-custody death of another unarmed black man, George Floyd, who died Monday after a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on the handcuffed, prone man’s neck for several minutes, and follows years of protests in Sacramento over the police shooting of Stephon Clark, another unarmed black man killed in March 2018.

Jones has consistently maintained his deputies did nothing wrong in the McIntyre shooting, which occurred as the 32-year-old man was suffering from a mental health crisis and had assaulted deputies with large river rocks before trying to run from them. He was struck seven times by bullets, six times in the back.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office later also found the shooting “justified.”

The May 8, 2017, shooting near Highway 50 and Zinfandel Drive resulted in a lawsuit that the county settled for $1.725 million without conceding wrongdoing.

Many of the details have been released previously, specifically because of the report by Braziel, which resulted in Jones locking him out of Sheriff’s Office facilities and effectively ending his tenure as inspector general.

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