John Deming, the unarmed teenager who was shot to death by Pleasanton police, Did Not have drugs in his system.
The Deming family has lost their beloved son. An unarmed teenager who had never been in trouble before, he was agitated, confused and talking to himself; he was likely having a mental health break. Protocol for responding to an individual in mental health crisis is to use non-confrontation and de-escalation tactics. Instead he was attached with pain compliance assault techniques. Pain compliance techniques are known to cause a confused person to panic, which he did, leading to the fatal encounter. This unarmed teenager was shot twice in the chest and once in the head. Highly trained professionals should have been able to manage this situation without killing someone’s son.
Pleasanton residents should be asking for answers and accountability.
John’s family is right to do everything they can to seek answers and accountability.