Family of Mentally Ill Man Killed by Sacramento Police Seeks Murder Charges

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Sacramento Police Officers watch a protest in May of 2009.  (Photo: Kelly Huston/Flickr)

Joseph Mann, a mentally ill 51-year-old man wielding a knife, was shot to death by Sacramento police last July. Footage from a police car dashcam released in September shows that officers tried to hit Mann with their patrol car before chasing him down and firing 18 bullets at him. On Monday, Mann's family asked the Department of Justice to investigate the Sacramento Police Department and that the officers involved in killing Mann be charged with murder. Forum discusses the shooting of Joseph Mann, how the Sacramento police have handled the case and whether the department needs to change the way it interacts with mentally ill people.

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Anita Chabria, reporter, Sacramento Bee