On June 8, 2011 Manteca police officer James Moody shot Ernesto Duenez Jr. 11 times outside of his home in Oakland, California, killing him on the spot. James Moody justified the shooting by saying that he thought Ernesto Duenez Jr. had a throwing knife in his hand and that was enough to clear him of any wrongdoing.
But now the video recorded by the cruiser’s dashboard camera which captured the shooting has been released and casts a whole new light on the incident. Oakland attorney John Burris who released the video filed a wrongful death federal lawsuit against Manteca Police and James Moody.
Police came to see Ernesto Duenez Jr. to follow up on a domestic violence report from earlier that day. As he was climbing out of a truck, officer James Moody fired 14 shots at him, hitting the victim 11 times. Whitney Duenez, Ernesto’s wife then runs towards him from the home, sobbing over her husband’s body as the officer tells her to stay back.
San Joaquin County district attorney’s office ruled that James Moody had been legally cleared of wrongdoing in shooting the man. District attorney also clarified that Ernesto Duenez Jr. was a gang member who served three prison sentences – one for drug possession, one for vehicular theft and one for assault with a deadly weapon. At the time of the shooting he was also in violation of his parole.
San Francisco Chronicle reported that police found a throwing knife with a 4 inch blade in the bed of the truck. Officer James Moody is back in active duty.
Ernesto Duenez Jr. most certainly was a gang member and quite certainly also a big time scumbag. Officer Moody in my opinion deserves to be charged with murder, but all the cry babies starting “Justice for Ernesto Duenez” Facebook groups and what not need to pull their heads out of their asses. Fuck justice for a piece of shit scumbag. And fuck his single mother who brought this piece of shit up – she should have absolutely no right to whine.
It’s for the best that the gangster is dead. It makes everyone who lives in the area a little safer. I do however have to admit that to an average minding his own business citizen, a murderous gang member is less of a threat than a trigger happy cop encouraged by previous murders he got away with.
This is an uncut version of the video – fast forward to the 11 minute mark for action: