Officer-Involved Shooting of Marcel Ceja in Anaheim Ruled Justified

Fri, Dec 7, 2012

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Photo cred: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times

{Barbara Padilla, Marcel Ceja’s mother, speaks at a press conference}

The deadly officer-involved shooting of 22 year-old Marcel Ceja in Anaheim on November 4, 2011 has been ruled “reasonable and justified” by the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA). A letter dated yesterday and addressed to Anaheim Police Chief John Welter detailed the findings of the eight-page report. The conclusion of there being no “criminal culpability” on behalf of the officer’s actions was not directly communicated to Barbara Padilla, Ceja’s mother, or any other family members. As the investigation recounts, Ceja was walking down Ball Road close to noontime with two companions, one of which a juvenile, on that day when patrol officer David Garcia made eye contact with them but continued driving on. The three were described as “wearing baggy sweatshirts with their hoods pulled over their heads.” The policeman returned as Ceja and his companions began walking in a different direction. That’s when officer Garcia exited his patrol car, baton in hand and initiated the alleyway encounter.

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