Justice for Yanira Serrano! (d.2014-06-03, Half Moon Bay) [link]
From the family of Yanira, 2014-09-08:
When San Mateo DA Wagstaffe fully exonerated Deputy Trieu in the blatant and wanton shooting of 18-year old Yanira Serrano, he betrayed the trust of the Latino Community in Half Moon Bay. DA Wagstaffe had come into the community to publically promise a transparent and unbiased investigation of the June 3d shooting of 5”1’ Yanira. Yanira, suffering from both a severe mental and physical handicap, was gunned down just yards from her family home in the Moonridge barrio by San Mateo County Deputy Trieu, who was supposed to be responding to a “911” medical emergency.
At 11am on Tuesday, the parents of Yanira will announce the filing of a federal lawsuit targeting Deputy Menh Trieu and San Mateo County. The federal lawsuit, alleging civil rights violations, will be filed in the Federal District Court in San Francisco, CA.
The lawsuit alleges that the shooting of Yanira Serrano Garcia was unconstitutional in that it violated the Fourth Amendment’s limits on police authority. The lawsuit will detail the circumstances of the shooting and allege that deputy Menh Trieu shot and killed Yanira Serrano Garcia without reasonable cause, in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The complaint will also allege that the shooting resulted from the negligence of dispatchers who handled the 911 call reporting a non-emergency medical incident as well as from the negligence of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department in it’s training of deputy Trieu.
Yanira’s parents, Carmen Garcia Serrano and Ignacio Serrano Ruiz, brother Tony Serrano and their lawyers – Arnoldo Casillas and Jonathan Melrod, will hold a press conference this Tuesday to present the findings of their investigation, the results of the private autopsy, the 911 telephone call, and the details of Yanira’s short life. The family will provide the media present with an electronic media package. Yanira’s parents and brother will be present at the press conference and plan to release a statement to the press.