SAN JOSE — Derrick Sanderlin has spent the past few years as a community organizer working to build bridges between San Jose police and minority residents historically fearful of their authority, including training officers to limit the effect of implicit and cultural bias on their duties in the field.
5月29日，圣何塞游行的第一天protesting the Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Sanderlin was in that peacekeeper role once more. At one point, he helped a motorist get to safety after his car window was shattered, presumably because it had a “Blue Lives Matter” license-plate frame.
“I saw a young girl get shot directly in the chest,” Sanderlin said, describing the encounter first reported通过ABC7。“I couldn’t watch that anymore; I already watched old women being shot at close range with rubber bullets. I started walking sideways over to them with my hands up, hoping to stop them from shooting innocent people.”
Sanderlin can be seen in witness videos and images at Fifth and Santa Clara streets, standing 10 to 15 feet away from the police line, both hands in the air.
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圣荷西police Chief Eddie Garcia has reached out to Sanderlin, and said in a statement, “Derrick has been a real leader in our communities’ efforts to reduce bias and discrimination through dialogue. I assured him we will be investigating this incident.”
“He wasn’t doing anything that warranted use of force,” she said. “He’s so close, it’s hard to believe they weren’t aiming for his groin. At no distance is it safe to aim for the groin.”
Tensions and violence between police and protesters would escalate over the next three days. Scenes of property smashed and objects being hurled at police — an officer was knocked unconscious by a protester’s punch — were matched by the sight of officers in riot gear firing rubber bullets into clusters of protesters, and lobbing tear-gas canisters and flash-bang grenades.
使用抗议者力，特别是使用橡胶子弹和弹丸的，将成为市议会审查的主题周二。Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he will push for a new statewide standard thatraises the thresholds for when police can use force抗议者。
In a news conference Thursday, Garcia and special-operations Capt. Jason Dwyer detailed the violence police officers faced in the initial days of protests,它比作一个战场，并表示做出了他们的决定，防止市区，距离越来越溢出。
But protesters and civil-rights groups contend police were the ones who escalated tensions. That perspective is exemplified by the case of官员贾里德元，他的“让我们这个motherf-ER”和“闭嘴婊子”的嘲弄抗议者在全国各地进行了观察的社交媒体视频，导致源正在采取街边值班警察调查这一事件。
在过去的几天里,抗议者们见过沙rp drop in terms of confrontations with officers, which has coincided with police dramatically decreasing their visible presence. On Thursday night, after another day of largely clash-free demonstrations, Dwyer was seen taking a knee with protesters.