A image from video from a dash-mounted camera in a Sacramento Police Department vehicle, shows Joseph Mann, right, run past moments before he is shot and killed by officers, July 11, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. (Sacramento Police Department via AP)
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An attorney representing two Sacramento, California, police officers said that they faced a "terrifying situation" with a mentally disturbed man on drugs and acted reasonably when they made a split-second decision to shoot the knife-wielding man in July.The officers then stopped the cruiser, got out and pursued Mann on foot.Odbert said the officers hoped "to take the subject off his feet to prevent the need for any other force to be deployed," the statement said.When that didn't work, the two officers left their vehicle and shot Mann 14 times.Odbert called Burris' allegations that the officers set out to kill Mann "character assassination" and said the officers acted because they feared Mann was moving toward an area with more people.The attorney also said the officers are not racist. When prosecutors do file charges, officers are rarely convicted.
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