- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The City of Sacramento hired a former civil rights prosecutor Friday to review two fatal police shootings and the decisions made before officers pulled the trigger.

City Manager John Shirey announced the independent review as the district attorney and police department continue their own investigations into the July death of 50-year-old Joseph Mann.

Among several videos capturing police shootings of black Americans, Mann’s death stood out for dash-cam audio that revealed two officers tried to hit him with their squad car before shooting him 14 times.

Auditor Michael Gennaco will probe Mann’s death as well as that of Dazion Flenaugh in April.

Both men were armed with knives before they were shot in separate incidents. Members of the city council requested the outside audit.

Gennaco says he will begin reviewing the cases next week and wrap up “a few months” after separate internal review and criminal investigations conclude, which City Attorney James Sanchez expects by the end of the year.

Gennaco is currently conducting reviews at 10 other police agencies across California, including in Oakland and San Francisco, to determine whether officers are adequately trained and why they feel they need to use deadly force.

“Unfortunately, I have been very busy over the past two years,” Gennaco said.

Public dialogue and calls for independent reviews like his have increased, he said, along with the number of shootings captured on audio or video.

Mann’s family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, police department and officers who shot him and has also filed a petition asking prosecutors to charge the officers with murder.

They described Mann as a college graduate who succeeded in several careers before deteriorating into mental illness. He was convicted of breaking and entering, theft and resisting arrest.

Family members said he had been living on the streets and struggled with drugs.

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