Dashcam Footage Shows Sacramento Police Officers Trying To Run Over Mentally Ill Homeless Man Joseph Mann Before Shooting Him 14 Times [Video]

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Oct. 1 2016, Updated 2:02 p.m. ET

Shocking dashcam footage released by the Sacramento Police Department shows that two police officers attempted to run over mentally ill Joseph Mann with their patrol car before they shot and killed him.

The shooting occurred on July 11, 2016, after police received a call from residents that a man was acting erratically. Dispatchers reportedly told officers that Mann, 50, was armed with a knife and gun, but police did not find a gun on him after he was shot and killed. However, he was armed with a knife.

Mann told the first officers that arrived in a patrol car that he did not have a gun, The Sacramento Beereports.


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“Get your hands up and get on the ground,” an officer is heard saying in the dashcam footage obtained from the patrol car that first arrived at the scene. “They said you had a gun. Get on the ground.”

“I don’t have a gun,” Mann responded.

“Get on the ground. Get on the ground,” the officer repeated.

Mann did not comply. He began walking away from the officers who followed him in their car as he walked toward Del Paso Boulevard, shouting threats and throwing a thermos flask at the police car.

The officers repeatedly told him to stop and drop his knife but he did not comply.


Two police officers, identified as Randy Lozoya and John Tennis, eventually decided to stop him by hitting him with their patrol car as he tried to cross the street.

“F**k this guy,” one of the officers can be heard saying in the footage as they pursued Mann.

“I’m going to hit him,” the driver said.

“OK. Go for it. Go for it,” his partner urged.

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As Mann crossed the street, the officer drove his vehicle toward him with the intention of running him over but missed. Cursing, he reversed his car.

Tires screeched as he reversed and made a second attempt to hit Mann running across the street.

“Watch it! Watch it! Watch!”

The driver missed again.

“We’ll get him. We’ll get him.”

The driver stopped the car. He and his partner exited and began chasing Mann on foot. They opened fire with their guns as they chased him.


The officers fired 18 shots at Mann and hit him 14 times. They were about 27 feet away from the victim when they opened fire, The Sacramento Bee reports.

The gunshots can be heard in the video.

Police later claimed the officers shot him 14 times because he refused to cooperate and raised his knife. But his family said Mann behaved erratically and refused to comply with police orders because he was suffering a “mental health crisis” at the time.

The toxicology report found he had methamphetamine in his system.

The Sacramento Bee reports that it obtained the surveillance footage and released it on September 20 after a report by the Sacramento News and Review.


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