The mother of a 33-year-old man fatally shot while he was driving by a Danville police officer on Nov. 3 filed a legal claim against the small East Bay town on Monday, alleging negligence and recklessness caused the wrongful death of Laudemer Arboleda.
Family members released a dozen doves after a funeral service for Arboleda in Fremont on Monday. Civil rights attorney John Burris spoke with reporters after the ceremony. He pointed out photographs of Arboleda's car, showing approximately seven bullet holes in the passenger side of the windshield. Burris said that indicates the officer could have stepped out of the way.
"The officer was easily in a position of safety if he wanted to be," Burris said. "He chose to shoot into that car when he could have easily avoided any type of incident."
Officers attempted to pull Arboleda over shortly after 11 a.m. on Nov. 3 after receiving a call about a suspicious person, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, which polices Danville under contract. Specifically, a caller described Arboleda walking "toward several homes with bags in his hands" and then going "back to his car," according to the Sheriff's Office.
Arboleda, of Newark, twice pulled over when deputies acting as Danville police tried to pull him over, according to the Sheriff's Office.