A week has passed since the Orange County District Attorney‘s office cleared Anaheim police officer Dan Hurtado in the killing of 21 year-old Martin Angel Hernandez on March 6, 2012. Since that time, the Weekly has exclusively obtained a photo from a source requesting anonymity that graphically depicts his dying body laying in the alley of an apartment complex on East Wakefield Street in the city. Taken from an elevated vantage point at an unspecified time after the shooting, it shows Hernandez positioned with his legs crossed, bleeding profusely from the head with what appears to be the shotgun in question resting west of his body, as the DA’s report indicated. The blood is crimson red–fresh–and pooling at his feet. But the photo also shows no blue Dumpsters in sight, which contradicts Hurtado’s statement that Hernandez was approaching a Dumpster when the police officer fired.
Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog (trigger warnings apply):