- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Here are things to know about the July 11 killing of Joseph Mann, 50, by police in Sacramento, California:

WHAT THE TAPES SHOW

Two officers in a patrol car can be heard on dashboard videos talking about hitting Mann before they accelerate toward him twice, then jump out. Surveillance images show Mann running down a brightly lit street. He stopped and gestured toward the officers. They fired 18 shots, striking him with 14 bullets and killing him.

Officers John Tennis and Randy Lozoya can be heard saying, “I’m gonna hit him” and “OK, go for it” before twice steering their cruiser toward Mann, who managed to scramble out of the way both times.

Surveillance tapes had shown Mann doing karate moves and zigzagging as he walked around a down-and-out commercial area. A 911 caller reported a man tossing a knife in the air and with a gun in his waistband, prompting officers to respond.

Police say they recovered a folding knife from Mann but not a gun.

WHAT THE OFFICERS SAY

Judith Odbert, an attorney for the officers who shot Mann, released a statement Tuesday evening defending their actions as reasonable and justified in the terrifying confrontation with a drugged and out-of-control person whose threatening behavior was risking lives. She said the officers were driving the squad car at a slow speed and was a way for officers to take Mann off his feet. She said they used lethal force because he posed a direct threat. Mann was “moving aggressively toward officers with his weapon,” a knife, Odbert said.

WHAT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS

Police spokespeople said the officers shot Mann as he turned toward them with the knife after refusing multiple commands.

Regarding the use of the patrol car, department spokesman Matthew McPhail said police are encouraged to think critically about the tools at their disposal.

Spokesman Sgt. Bryce Heinlein said police were aware of the exchange between Tennis and Lozoya when they released the footage. He declined to say why the police chief or other police officials did not address sooner what was said on the tapes, which required audio enhancement to distinguish. He said the comments are part of the case.

WHO WAS JOSEPH MANN?

Family members have described Mann as a college graduate who succeeded in several careers before deteriorating into mental illness. He has been convicted of breaking and entering, theft and resisting arrest. Family members said he had been living on the streets and struggled with drugs.

They say police should have used non-lethal force before opening fire. They have filed a petition asking prosecutors to charge the officers with murder.

WHAT THE RECORDING MEANS IN COURT

Legal experts said the recording does not make it more likely that the officers will face criminal charges. Prosecutors will consider whether Tennis and Lozoya could have reasonably feared for their lives or public safety and were justified in using deadly force, including the vehicle, to hit Mann.

WHAT’S NEXT

The district attorney’s office is conducting a homicide investigation and will decide whether to charge the officers. Tennis and Lozoya were put on brief leave after the shooting and returned to work on desk duty instead of patrol the following week. The police department is conducting an internal review into whether they broke any department rules, and the director of the city’s Office of Public Safety Accountability says she’ll recommend changes to officer training.

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