California sheriff's department releases video from fatal shooting

Video from a nearby surveillance camera shows two Orange County sheriff's deputies struggling with 42-year-old Kurt Reinhold, who they initially stopped for jaywalking.

(CNN)The Orange County Sheriff's Department released new video Friday of a street stop for jaywalking that led to a shooting by its deputies assigned to a homeless outreach detail last fall.

One of the two deputies involved in the street stop shot 42-year-old Kurt Reinhold after the other deputy shouted, "he's got my gun." The deputies were assigned to the department's Homeless Outreach Team and confronted Reinhold after at least one of the officers believe he jaywalked.
The sheriff's department, in releasing new video, said it hadn't made a determination of whether the shooting was lawful or within its policy. The department released an edited video that included narration from supervisors in the sheriff's department and drew from dashcam, witness and nearby security footage. It released unedited versions of those videos as well.
      The two deputies who initiated the jaywalking stop in September were assigned as "homeless liaison officers" in San Clemente. Their team was made up of 25 members whose job is to "assist the homeless population and provide them with access to available resources and services while protecting the quality of life for the citizens of Orange County through proactive enforcement."
        Officers assigned to the team get training in crisis intervention and de-escalation. It's normal for deputies to have multiple contacts with someone while attempting to build rapport with them, Sheriff Don Barnes said in September after the shooting.
          Sheriff's department employees had offered services to Reinhold at least once in the 30 days before the shooting, Barnes said in September. His family told local media Reinhold was in-and-out of homelessness.
          The team the deputies were assigned to has since been reorganized into a "behavioral health bureau," according to the sheriff's office. That team will be "working collaboratively with the County's Health Care Agency, mental health professionals, and community stakeholders to develop and utilize innovative methods to reduce recidivism and increase crisis intervention services."

          Interaction began with deputies discussing whether to stop the man

          The deputies' interaction with the man they ended up shooting began with deputies sitting in their car in a parking lot near a 4-lane road. Some of the conversation at the beginning of the audio is not intelligible, but the deputies discuss whether to stop the man at all.
          The dashcam video shows Reinhold stepping into the intersection as a green light in his direction turns yellow, and Reinhold stops and walks back as the squad car starts moving. The intersection he's crossing is a small road that dead ends about 80 feet from the intersection, but the other three parts of the four-way intersection are major roads.
          A photo of Kurt Andras Reinhold was part of an impromptu memorial placed in front of the Hotel Miramar on Camino Real in San Clemente on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
          The deputies turn their car out of the parking lot and pull up to where he's standing, on the sidewalk. The officers are wearing microphones that capture some of the conversation with the man.
          One of the deputies asked him how he was doing, then one asked him to stop and get out of the street.
          "Are you going to stop or are we going to have to make you stop?" one asks.
          The confrontation happens out of view of the car's dashcam.
          John Taylor, an attorney for Reinhold's family, said deputies shouldn't have stopped Reinhold in the first place.
          "Why are they stopping him? They're supposed to deal with people in distress, people who need help. People causing a problem. You can't criminalize a public space," Taylor said. "The fact that he doesn't look like, dress like, act like the people wherever he's at, doesn't give homeless liaison officers or anyone else the right to stop, interrogate, or more importantly put hands on him."
          Police released a second video taken by someone recording the interaction with a cell phone. That video shows Reinhold and the deputies in front of a hotel about 220 feet north of the intersection where the stop began. It shows Reinhold walking in the street and contains parts of the same conversation that the dash cam captured.
          In the cell phone footage, Reinhold is seen walking toward police in the street while police back up to the sidewalk, and then he walks back out into the street. The deputies followed the man as he moved toward and away from them, and one uses his extended arm to touch Reinhold with his hand as Reinhold walks away.
          "Do you see yourself? Do you see yourself? Do you see yourself?" Reinhold yelled at police.
          At one point, the man slaps at the hand of one of the deputies who's ordering him to go sit down.

          Dispute over whether man tried to grab deputy's gun

          The cell phone video shows police trying to arrest him by grabbing his hands and as he's turning away from police, trying to get control of his body to arrest him. Within a couple seconds, Reinhold and the two deputies are on the ground.
          The person recording with his cell phone says "I've got to get this on video." While they're trying to wrestle control of the man, one of the deputy's shouts "he's got my gun." Barnes has previously said the deputy said it four times.
          A truck passed in between the person recording and the struggle across the street, obscuring the moment a deputy fired the first a shot. A second shot was fired a few seconds later. According to earlier statements from Barnes, only one deputy fired his weapon.