Garden Grove Police Pop a Cork After Being Cleared in Killing of Jaime Castellanos Suarez

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The late Jaime Castellanos Suarez
The Garden Grove Police Department is celebrating a federal court ruling clearing one of its officers in the 2009 shooting death of "a previously deported felon." After quick deliberations, a jury in U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna's Santa Ana courtroom found no negligence by the city or its employees in the killing of Jaime Castellanos Suarez.

"The Garden Grove Police Department would like to thank both the federal court and the jury for their service to the community in this matter," reads a release the cop shop emailed Thursday afternoon.

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Just after 8 p.m. on May 31, 2009, Garden Grove Police Officer Royce Wimmer stopped a vehicle for playing loud music in a residential area near Galway Street and Trask Avenue. Wimmer then determined one of the two occupants, Suarez, 35, of Anaheim, had a felony warrant out for his arrest for DUI, according to the release, which describes the ensuing struggle and shooting death:

As Officer Wimmer was subsequently preparing to handcuff Suarez, Suarez pushed Wimmer away and fled. Officer Wimmer chased Suarez and took him to the ground where a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Suarez was able to remove Wimmer's service weapon and the fight continued over the weapon. During the fight, Officer Wimmer was able to discharge the weapon, striking Suarez. Suarez was taken into custody and later died of his wounds.

The initial media reports stated Suarez had hit Wimmer in the head and pointed the service weapon at the cop before Wimmer regained the gun and shot Suarez once in the chest. He died at the scene.

Suarez's family filed a wrongful death suit against the city of Garden Grove in 2010, and the trial began in Selna's courtroom last Friday, Oct. 14. The city was represented by the law firm of Ferguson, Praet & Sherman, according to the release.

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maricelamckean

that's is a bullshit lie and u all know it he did not flea but simply turned during the process of being handcuffed simply pleading this so called officer to explain why it was he was getting arrested ,due to the fact he does not understand the English language fully ,but this UNintelligent american cop who is NOT bilingual, (which should be a requirement),Lacked the ability to notify him of his warrant in his native language SPANISH . THE OFFICER DIDNT take proper action to avoid taking the life of another human being . And for this reason the passenger of a traffic stop was injustiably robbed of his  life at a young age, as well as his three young children robbed of a life with their father who was doing all that he could to provide for them. he was a good man who made a few bad choices as does every human being!

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