Sat. Oct 31st, 2020
san-leandro-police-chief-takes-to-social-media-to-clear-‘rumors’-about-deadly-shooting

San Leandro’s Police Chief made a plea to the community a day after officers fatally shot a man wielding a bat at a Walmart to dispel what he called rumors circulating on social media.

Chief Jeff Tudor took to Facebook to clarify details of the
deadly encounter.

“Our officer discharged his service weapon one time, striking the subject in the front of his upper body,” Tudor said. “It is still early on in this investigation, and we will provide you more information in the near future… Your patience is needed. Thank you.”

The shooting was captured on video just inside the front doors
of the store, where police can been seen confronting a man with a bat Saturday
afternoon.

Later, an officer points a pistol at him. Then a gunshot rings out.

Police have identified the man killed as 33-year-old Steven
Taylor from San Leandro. The federal civil rights attorney representing his
family called the shooting unlawful and is planning an independent autopsy, and
has dispatched private investigators.

Myron Flood has known Taylor since they were both kids.
Sunday night he brought flowers and sat down in front of Walmart to honor his
friend.

“I am sorry for his family and for his friends,” Flood said. “We will miss him, and we love him.”

He said Taylor was a loving father of a son, but recently
had not seemed like himself.

He read a line from a card left at the scene.

“Rest in peace,” he read. “You should have received love, kindness and care.”

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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