OCDA Justifies Deadly Shooting of Homeless Man by Santa Ana Cop
Richard Gene Swihart, a Filipino homeless man, rode his bike on a handicap ramp by Santa Ana's Plaza of the Flags last summer when approached by police.Officers David Enriquez and Matthew Chitjian wanted to cite Swihart for the violation. "I need to talk to you about your riding your bike in the Civic Center," Enriquez told Swihart. "We're just going to give you a citation for riding your bike." All Swihart cared to know is why the cops gave him a hard time. Police moved to cuff him after failing to comply with their commands. A struggle ensued leading to Swihart being shot by Chitjian and dying from his injuries two weeks later.
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