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PD Shooting of Foothill High Student Similar to Fresno case involving Special Education Student

Original post made by Again?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 9, 2014

The shooting and killing of Foothill High School student Oscar Herrera bears similarities to Fresno police shooting and killing a Fresno Roosevelt High School special education student who also attacked a police officer with a baseball bat.

In the case in Fresno, Jesse Carrizales, a 17 year old Special Education student, hit a Fresno police officer with a wooden baseball bat. Officer Junus Perry, 43, of Fresno, then shot and killed the student.

Fresno school district officials never notified the police that Carrizales was a Special Education student with a classification of Emotionally Disturbed, had mental illness, was taking Lexapro, an antidepressant, and Geodon, an antipsychotic medication, for depression and had been discussing with school counseling staff his wish to be killed by a police officer. School counselors had prepared reports showing that the teen wanted to die at the hands of a police officer.

The police officer did not know this information, sued the Fresno Unified school district for withholding this information from the police, and the Fresno Unified school district ended up paying a large settlement to the police officer.


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