A new video released by Orange County sheriff’s officials on Wednesday, shows the fatal shooting of a Black man who was accused of jaywalking.
The shooting took place in San Clemente, CA on September 23, 2020, however the dash camera footage of the encounter has just been released this week.
The video shows multiple angles of the shooting, including dashcam, cellphone and surveillance footage from a nearby motel. No body camera video was released.
The encounter began when two Orange County sheriff’s deputies observed 42-year-old Kurt Andras Reinhold from their police cruiser.
“Watch this, he’s going to jaywalk,” one of the cops can be heard saying on the dashcam footage.
The deputies then pull their car up to Reinhold, who is standing on the sidewalk, exit their vehicle and approach the man. At that point both the deputies and Reinhold move out of view of the dash camera, however their voices can still be heard.
“Are you going to stop or are we going to have to make you stop?”, one of the deputies can be heard saying.
“For what?” Reinhold responds.
“For jaywalking,” the officer answers.
Reinhold begins to argue with the deputies, saying he doesn’t understand why he is being stopped. He can be heard repeatedly asking the officers to stop touching him.
One of the officers can be heard telling Reinhold he is being arrested for jaywalking and resisting arrest.
As the three move out of audio range of the dash camera, bystander video captures the encounter. Reinhold can be seen on the cell phone video telling the deputies to stop touching him and pulling away from their grasps.
One of the deputies can be seen pushing Reinhold before both deputies tackle him to the ground.
According to Sergeant Dennis Breckner, one of the deputies can be heard saying, “He’s got my gun” during the struggle.
The other deputy opens fire moments later. Two gunshots can be heard in the cell phone video.
Surveillance video from the nearby motel, shows Reinhold’s hand near the officer’s weapon, however officials said it is unclear whether he was able to unholster the weapon. That remains under investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Reinhold’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in December.
The family released a statement through their lawyers on Wednesday after the video was released. Saying the new video “confirms what we knew all along – the involved deputies had no reason to stop Mr. Reinhold.”
“The OC Sheriffs Homeless Liaison Officers use pretext reasons to stop anyone for any reason they want, simply to harass the person,” attorney John C. Taylor wrote. “These officers created and escalated the confrontation with Kurt Reinhold causing his death.”
The shooting remains under investigation, with the DA’s office yet to determine whether it believes the shooting was justified.