Porterville wrongful death lawsuit continues

May 2, 2013 12:35:52 AM PDT
A jury in the South Valley is deciding if two Porterville police officers acted unreasonably, when they shot and killed a man three years ago.

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Vincent Steen, 26, was shot three times by officers in January of 2010. Porterville police say Steen was combative when they tried to pull him over for riding his bike without a helmet.

The attorney representing Steen's mother says video recorded on officer's tasers -- shows him lying on the ground complying with officers commands while they kicked him. They say Steen was shot in the back as he was running from officers.

Attorney Roger Dreyer said, "He presented no real risk of harm to anybody at that time you're not supposed to shoot someone to prevent them from escaping and at all points of time the physical evidence demonstrates Vincent never had a weapon."

Steen's family says Vincent had a learning disability and was sensitive to touch. The jury will continue deliberating Thursday morning.


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