SHOCK VIDEO: Police Body Cams Capture the Public Execution of Unarmed Mentally Ill Man

Fresno, CA — On September 3, 2015 at approximately 11:00 a.m., Fresno Police Officers, Zebulon Price and Felipe Miguel Lucero shot 40-year-old Freddy Centeno seven times causing severe injuries. Mr. Centeno was unarmed, was wearing shorts, no shirt on, and walking along the street when he was approached by Fresno Police who immediately started shooting

Freddy Centeno would not recover from the multiple wounds suffered at the hands of these two Fresno cops.

According to Roger Centeno, the victim’s brother, Freddy is bipolar and schizophrenic and abused drugs.  The family had been asking the city and county for help and were told “something needs to happen” before Freddy could get help.

“Is this what needs to happen?” asked Roger, after the shooting.

Centeno was in the midst of a schizophrenic episode and a neighbor called the police after he knocked on her door holding a garden hose nozzle and asked if there were any drugs in the home.

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When police responded, Centeno was walking down the street, shirtless, unarmed, and wearing only shorts when officers arrived on scene. The hard to watch footage from the officers’ body cameras shows them immediately start firing upon exiting the vehicle.

Centeno was never given a chance to comply with their orders.

On Thursday, after a press conference was held, the Cristobal Galindo Law Firm released the body camera footage to the public.

This execution by Fresno police is one of the worst police shootings ever caught on film.

Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer told The Fresno Bee that the video he reviewed showed the officers giving Centeno multiple commands and that he reached for his waistband. However, none of that is evident in the video below and, the officers gave him almost no time to comply.

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After the shooting, Fresno police Deputy Chief Robert Nevarez issued a clearly false statement to the press. “Officers commanded him to raise his hands, and he grabbed for the object in his right front pocket and raised it towards them,” he said. Centeno was holding a garden hose nozzle, but he most assuredly never raised it or threatened officers with it at all.

Chief Dyer also released a statement to the media, blaming Centeno’s death on the non-existent “war on cops.”

“There’s no question what’s happening across America,” Dyer said. “There’s an increase in aggressiveness toward officers. We’re seeing police officers that are being shot, officers that are being assassinated.

“Certainly police officers are being very vigilant, but at the same time, I know that there’s a high level of scrutiny and criticism on the actions of officers. What we have seen this week is an increased level of aggressiveness toward officers, and when officers fear for their life, or for the life of someone else, they use deadly force, and unfortunately we’ve had three of those incidences occur in the last week. This is our sixth officer-involved shooting in the last year.”

The officers fired 9 rounds at Centeno, 7 of which hit him. The last shot fired hit him as he was falling to the ground.

The officers involved in the shooting have not been disciplined. The Free Thought Project called the Fresno Police department on Thursday and asked if Zebulon Price and Felipe Miguel Lucero would be held accountable for killing Centeno. They declined to answer.

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Here is that video. WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC 

As we have previously reported, the Virginia-based Treatment Advocacy Center, an organization dedicated to eliminating the barriers faced by those with severe mental illnesses, released a jaw-dropping report, last year. In their report titled, Overlooked in the Undercounted: The Role of Mental Illness in Fatal Law Enforcement Encountersresearchers discovered that people with an untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during an interaction with police than anyone else.

According to the study, by all accounts – official and unofficial – a minimum of 1 in 4 fatal police encounters ends the life of an individual with severe mental illness.

Where official government data regarding police shootings and mental illness have been analyzed – in one U.S. city and several other Western countries – the findings indicate that mental health disorders are a factor in as many as 1 in 2 fatal law enforcement encounters.

Freddy Centeno was one of these men.

Attorney for the family, Humberto Guizar, told the Free Thought Project in an email, “The death of an unarmed mentally ill man without provocation is a tragic event as Mr. Centeno leaves behind a young child and loving parents.”

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • Sgt. Killgood

    These cop belongs in prison
    along with his chief and anyone else who says this was a justified killing .

  • Sgt. Killgood

    Dave you’re a dumbass , and I pray that you or someone you love gets pulled over by the pigs , so stay in your closet ,because you might be next .

  • Sgt. Killgood

    DISBAND that police department before they get a chance to kill more innocent people .

  • Will Ewing Sr

    Where did the bullets go that didn’t hit him? Into the SUV parked nearby? Into the house across the street, meh, nevermind, none of that is important. I wonder why they didn’t shoot him some more for not putting his hands up after only seven rounds.

  • Allen Davis

    You sick cop sucker criminal waste.

  • Brian Harvill

    Dave- You are absolutely correct, the police have but a split second. THAT IS WHY people that FAIL or prove themselves UNFIT to handle such split second, life/death decisions should NOT BE WEARING THE UNIFORM! These two individuals definitely acted in a criminal manner and ended up murdering a innocent man and what is the response? The Police chief BLATANTLY LIES in order to cover it up, to once again protect police who are guilty of serious lack of judgement and inability to handle the job requirements of a police officer and the end result is yet another innocent shot dead. AND, just giving my opinion, the issue is not the shooting itself per se but the blatant lies to cover it up. This is why the police have a problem with the community and why they are facing such a backlash. People are not stupid and they can see the man presented NO threat so why tell them what is so blatant a lie? AND when you lie to me, why should I trust a thing you have to say and DEFINITELY not with my life or my family’s life. Better to take my chances with the criminals who will generally leave you alone after robbing you than to call the cops and have some idiot get all trigger happy because he knows his “sarge” will lie and cover his ass. Especially with the age of smart phones and camera/video everywhere the police MUST start being far more active in pursuing and policing their own, STOP telling cover stories that everyone can see is false. The police created the problem that exists between themselves and the community and only the police can solve that problem.

  • Eric Bolt

    This is terrorism, on America, That was warned long before 9/11. To the Actual terrorist of 9/11 Faces themselves-! What would happen when Wrong Way Worriers, come home & go the known wrong way on you-! They are Murders in the 1st degree -! they need to be Prosecuted to the fullest-! SHYSTER Cops are most Dangerous-!

  • Eric Bolt

    Better Put these Murderer PIGS away -! Real Law might gun them Down in their Patrol Cars or w/ their Family’s in tow -!