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Robert Mann Sr., right, addresses community members and reporters Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at Allen Chapel AME Church in Sacramento, Calif., accompanied by attorney John Burris. Displayed at right is a photo of Mann’s brother, Joseph, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police last month. (AP photo/Darcy Costello)

Video shows officers tried to run over a homeless man before shooting him 14 times


Two police officers in Sacramento, California,  tried to run over a mentally ill homeless man before they shot and killed him, according to police recordings obtained by the Sacramento Bee.

"F this guy," one officer said before aiming his police cruiser at 51-year-old Joseph Mann. "I'm going to hit him." 

"Okay, go for it. Go for it," the officer's partner responded in the recording from the cruiser's dashcam.

Mann dodged the police cruiser twice as it came careening toward him, but he wasn't able to avoid the 14 bullets that were fired at him just moments later. 

Mann died in the street shortly after the July 11 shooting. 

They are officers that shouldn't be in uniform.
Robert Mann, Joseph Mann's brother

The Sacramento News and Review first published the dashcam audio on Sept. 29, but since then, the Sacramento Bee enhanced the audio from the video to highlight the voices of Officers Randy Lozoya and John Tennis.

"If this is their state of mind when they go to work, this doesn't serve anyone well," Mann told the Sacramento Bee after hearing the audio. 

Lozoya and Tennis are currently on "modified duty," police spokesman Bryce Heinlein told the Sacramento Bee. 

The Mann family has since filed a federal lawsuit against the city. 

John Burris, the lawyer for the Mann family, said a car should be considered a lethal weapon and therefore should have only been used if Mann posed a real threat to the officers. 

The dashcam video was released Sept. 20, just shortly after the Sacramento Bee posted surveillance footage of the incident that was obtained from a private citizen. 

This shooting came at the same time officers across the nation intensified their debate over when lethal force should be used. 

According to the Washington Post, police have killed 719 people so far this year and approximately 1 in 4 of those killed had some form of mental illness like Mann. 

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