09/02/2007

Mom of mentally ill man shot by officers sues Nor. Calif. police

By Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The mother of an unarmed man with bipolar disorder who was shot and killed by Santa Rosa police after he allegedly charged at them has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, saying officers used excessive force.

Richard Desantis, a 30-year-old ironworker, was shot dead April 9 by officers in the driveway of his home, where he lived with his wife, Patricia, and two children.

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