Saturday, February 28, 2015

Attorney: Autopsy Of Latina Teen Killed By Denver Cops Contradicts Police Accoun

Jessica “Jessie” Hernandez suffered four gunshot wounds, including two to her left side. An attorney for the family said the findings contradict the police account.

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The autopsy of a teenage girl fatally shot by Denver cops found that the 17-year-old had two wounds to the left side of her chest, another on her right thigh and one to the pelvis.
The coroner ruled Jessica “Jessie” Hernandez’s death a homicide and said two bullets were recovered, adding that the wounds to her right thigh and pelvis were likely from a single bullet. None of the shots were fired at close range.
Jessica was killed on Jan. 26 in a confrontation with police who were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Two officers approached the car on foot after they determined it was reported stolen, the Denver Police Department said in a statement.
Authorities said Hernandez drove the car, which had four other teens inside it, into one of the officers and struck him on the leg. Both officers then fired and shot Hernandez multiple times, she was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Attorneys for the family of Jessica Hernandez said the report shows she was shot from the driver’s side, and contradicts police statements that she was driving at officers when they fired.
“The report shows that Jessie was shot from the driver’s side of the car and not from close range,” attorney Qusair Mohamedbhai said in a statement. “These facts undermine the Denver Police Department’s claim that Jessie was driving at the officers as they shot her.”
A friend of Jessica’s who was in the passenger seat during the incident hadpreviously told BuzzFeed News that officers were standing next to the car, not in front of it, when they shot. Trina Diaz, 16, also said the officer was hit only after Jessica was struck.