Sacramento police accused of trying to run man over before he was fatally shot

SACRAMENTO -- The family of a mentally ill man killed by Sacramento Police officers in July held a press conference, announcing they would pursue legal action against the officers.

Oakland based Civil Rights attorney John Burris is calling for the two to be charged with premeditated murder and civil rights violations.

"Their lives were not in danger. They just unloaded on him," Burris said.

Joseph Mann was armed with a knife in the moments leading up to his run-in with police back in July.

His family said Mann was getting treatment for drug abuse and mental illness for years, after his mother passed away.

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Burris made the announcement after watching police dash cam video, which showed two officers, John Tennis and Randy Lozoya, chasing Mann, using profanity and yelling, "Get him!"

The officers can be heard saying they wanted to run Mann over, before they eventually pulled their guns out, and opened fire.

"They come on the scene fast, try to use their car to hit him, control him, knock him down. Get him. Possibly recognize you can kill him," Burris said.

Burris has filed a complaint with the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, asking to charge both officers with premeditated murder. If the DA decides not to prosecute, he plans to take the case to the attorney general's office.

"But if not, they should turn this case over to the attorney general's office, Kamala Harris, and let her do the investigation," Burris said.

Robert Mann is Joseph's brother. He also spoke a few words at the press conference.

"This is a sad day for my family. Sad day for America. That we have this type of police with this mindset. They come out here, on the scene, and their whole mindset is to kill. To be judge, jury, and God," Robert Mann said.

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The Sacramento County District Attorney's office is in the process of reviewing all materials that have been submitted to them. The office has not announced if they will pursue charges. They sent FOX40 this statement:

"The District Attorney's Office can confirm that we have received all of the reports from the Sacramento Police Department as well as video and audio recordings pertaining to the event. This also includes approximately 50 multi-media disks containing photographs, diagrams, transcripts, statement summaries, and other evidence. Even at that, it is not uncommon to request further investigation in these types of cases. We are in the process of our review and continue to balance our desire to complete this investigation in a timely manner with the overarching need to ensure any conclusions we reach are the result of a thorough and methodical evaluation of the facts and the law."

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