Autopsy Reveals Police Killed Man Armed Baseball Bat At Walmart With One Shot To Chest

An autopsy has determined that a baseball-bat wielding man who was fatally shot by police inside a Walmart store in San Leandro on Saturday died from a single gunshot wound to his chest.

Autopsy Reveals Police Killed Man Armed Baseball Bat At Walmart With One Shot To Chest

SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – A preliminary autopsy by the Alameda County coroner’s bureau has determined that a baseball-bat wielding man who was fatally shot by police inside a Walmart store in San Leandro on Saturday died from a single gunshot wound to his chest, police said on Tuesday.

The coroner’s bureau also confirmed that 33-year-old Steven Demarco Taylor, who didn’t have a permanent address, didn’t suffer any additional gunshot wounds to his head or back in the shooting at the store at 15555 Hesperian Blvd. at about 3:12 p.m. on Saturday, according to police.

Officers said they shot Taylor because he didn’t comply with their orders to put the baseball bat down and he kept coming toward them even after they fired a Taser stun gun at him, police said.

Attorney S. Lee Merritt, who has offices in Philadelphia and Dallas, said in a Twitter message that he has been retained by Taylor’s family and he believes San Leandro officers engaged in “excessive and unlawful use of force.”

Merritt alleged that the officers didn’t need to shoot Taylor.

He said, “At some point in this exchange the officers’ behavior became criminal, namely when the suspect (Taylor) was disarmed.”

Merritt wrote, “These officers are not only poorly trained to deal with individuals suffering from a mental health crisis, their intentional and repeated application of force, despite the absence of a threat, captured in these recordings (videos of the incident) is sufficient evidence for authorities to issue an arrest warrant for the shooting officers.”

Merritt alleged, “Failure to identify and arrest the shooter unnecessarily exposes the public to a deadly threat.”

The San Leandro Police Department said in its statement that it “remains committed to conducting a thorough investigation” into Taylor’s death and will provide updates in a timely manner.

Police said that in the near future they will release a video statement by Police Chief Jeff Tudor as well as the footage from the body-worn cameras of the officers who were involved in the shooting.

San Leandro Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter said in a statement, “Like so many of you, my heart aches for the loss of life in our community this weekend. The outcome of this incident was tragic. I offer heartfelt condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Mr. Steven Taylor.”

Cutter said, “The city of San Leandro is committing to investigating this incident thoroughly and transparently. We will share more information with the public as soon as we are able to do so.”

Cutter said separate investigations are being conducted by the San Leandro Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

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SF Employers Must Provide Essential Workers With Protective Gear During COVID-19 Pandemic

SF supervisors approved an emergency ordinance to require employers like stores, pharmacies, restaurants and delivery services to provide their employees with personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SF Employers Must Provide Essential Workers With Protective Gear During COVID-19 Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an emergency ordinance to temporarily require employers like grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and on-demand delivery service companies to provide their employees with protections from the coronavirus.

The ordinance ensures an expanded workers’ rights package, which includes personal protective equipment; paid time while drivers clean their cars and wash their hands; no-contact options during delivery; and a no retaliation clause.

“This is a scary, challenging time for all of us, and especially for our frontline workers who are still out there making sure we all have access to food, medicine, and essential goods. They need to be protected so they don’t get sick or get anyone else sick, and they never face retaliation for it,” said Supervisor Matt Haney, who introduced the ordinance.

The legislation mandates, among other things, that employers provide gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, soap and water in the workplace, or that on-demand delivery service workers be reimbursed for buying such items.

According to an online survey conducted by researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz for the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission, the ordinance is desperately needed as delivery drivers who rely on on-demand work via mobile apps, have seen a dramatic drop in earnings.

More than half reported losing between 75 and 100 percent of their weekly earnings since February. Given this, nearly one-third of drivers reported they’re still accepting jobs despite concerns of spreading or contracting COVID-19.

In addition, 58 percent of those surveyed reported not getting gloves or sanitizing products from their employers, and 73 percent reported their employers are not providing financial support if they are exposed to or contract the virus.

“App-based workers have long struggled to have their rights recognized as employees and now are struggling to get basic protections from COVID-19 as they provide essential services to SF residents,” San Francisco LAFCo Chair and Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer said in a statement.

“Locally and at the state level, we must hold these companies accountable for protecting their workers, and I am proud of this groundbreaking study for bringing these issues to light,” she said.

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