Lest We Forget

Sean Monterrosa1988-2020

Sean Monterrosa, a 22-year-old Latino American man, was shot by Vallejo police on June 2, 2020. The police had responded to a possible looting at a Walgreen's market in the aftermath of the George Floyd murder.

The police report confirms that Sean Monterrosa was on his knees, with his hands above his waist, when an officer shot him five times. In the official statement the officer claimed that he mistook a hammer, which Sean had in his pocket, to be a gun. The police defended the officer's action, saying that he reacted reasonably.

Sean Monterrosa had no gun. He was on his knees. His hands were above his waist.

On June 5, California Attorney General Becerra announced an investigation into the Vallejo police department, which had killed 20-year-old African-American Willie McCoy, who was shot while sleeping in his car.