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Moment cops shoot homeless black man, 42, dead after he 'reached for deputy's gun' - as family says cops escalated situation when they tackled him to the ground over jaywalking

 Newly-released footage has shown the moment officers shot dead a homeless black man after he allegedly reached for a deputy's gun, as his family say cops escalated the situation when they tackled him to the ground over an alleged jaywalking incident. 

Kurt Reinhold, a 42-year-old father-of-two and former bodybuilder who had fallen on hard times, was shot dead on September 23 when Orange County Sheriff's Deputies Eduardo Duran and Jonathan Israel confronted him at a California intersection. 

The footage, released by the Orange County Sheriff's Office Wednesday, includes dashcam video from the deputies' patrol car, security camera footage from a nearby motel and footage shot on a bystander's smartphone.  


It provides new insight into the events surrounding Reinhold's death with the victim's family saying it proves the officers had 'no reason' to stop him.

The dashcam video shows the two deputies appearing to sit in wait for Reinhold to jaywalk across the street before they then joke and have a minor disagreement about whether he had in fact illegally crossed the street and if it was necessary to confront him.

The smartphone footage, which has been seen before, shows the three men struggling on the ground as a voice shouts 'he's got my gun' before two shots ring out. 

The surveillance footage gives a new angle to this footage and appears to show Reinhold reaching and touching the firearm in one of the officer's holsters. 

The two deputies involved were both full-time homeless liaison officers in the city of San Clemente at the time of the incident and veterans of the force with eight and 13 year careers under their belts.

Reinhold's death, which came amid an apparent mental health crisis, sparked protests in San Clemente at a time when people are calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality toward black people across America.

Newly-released footage has shown the moment officers shot dead a homeless black man after he allegedly reached for a deputy's gun, as his family say cops escalated the situation when they tackled him to the ground over an alleged jaywalking incident

Newly-released footage has shown the moment officers shot dead a homeless black man after he allegedly reached for a deputy's gun, as his family say cops escalated the situation when they tackled him to the ground over an alleged jaywalking incident

New video shows deputies confront jaywalking before fatally shooting him
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The newly-released dashcam footage shows the two sheriff’s deputies argued over whether Reinhold had jaywalked before they confronted him and told him he had in the altercation that resulted in his death.

It begins at about 1:30 pm as the two deputies are sat in their parked cruiser near El Camino Road and Avenida San Gabriel.

They appear to notice Reinhold across the street and a grainy image of a person can be seen in the footage. 

'Okey-doke. He's seen you. He's seen you, copper,' one of the deputies says.

'Watch this. He is going to jaywalk,' the second replies.

'It's controlled. There we go,' he adds, appearing to laugh as he says Reinhold has jaywalked. 'It's controlled man.'


The other deputy appears to cast doubt on whether Reinhold had illegally crossed the street, responding: 'I don't know, dude.' 

The second deputy responds saying, 'Don't make case law' to which the first fires back: 'It is not case law.'

Despite their disagreement the two officers pull out in the vehicle and drive onto the intersection, pulling up alongside Reinhold, who is now standing on the sidewalk. 

Reinhold then walks toward the back of the patrol car, disappearing from view. 

The incident all takes place off camera and the exchange is inaudible at several points.

Kurt Reinhold was shot dead on September 23 when Orange County Sheriff's Deputies Eduardo Duran and Jonathan Israel confronted him at a California intersection

Kurt Reinhold was shot dead on September 23 when Orange County Sheriff's Deputies Eduardo Duran and Jonathan Israel confronted him at a California intersection

Reinhold was a 42-year-old father-of-two and former bodybuilder who had fallen on hard times

Reinhold was a 42-year-old father-of-two and former bodybuilder who had fallen on hard times

'What's going on man? How are you doing?' one of the deputies is heard asking. 

'Hey you need to stop,' they tell Reinhold several times.

'Are you going to stop, or we going to have to make you stop?' one of the deputies says. 

'What are you talking about? I'm walking,' Reinhold says. 

The exchange becomes heated with Reinhold repeatedly questioning why he is being stopped and telling the deputies multiple times to 'get off.'

'I'm walking,' he says, asking 'for what' he is being stopped.

'Because I am telling you to stop,' one of the deputies is heard saying as the voices become more raised.

The officers tell Reinhold he was stopped for jaywalking and is now resisting arrest.

'That's ridiculous,' Reinhold replies.

The dashcam video shows the two deputies appearing to sit in wait for Reinhold to jaywalk across the street before they then joke and have a minor disagreement about whether he had in fact illegally crossed the street and if it was necessary to confront him

The dashcam video shows the two deputies appearing to sit in wait for Reinhold to jaywalk across the street before they then joke and have a minor disagreement about whether he had in fact illegally crossed the street and if it was necessary to confront him

Reinhold's family says it proves the officers had 'no reason' to stop him

Reinhold's family says it proves the officers had 'no reason' to stop him

At one point a woman walks onto the sidewalk to watch the incident.  

The video then moves to the cellphone footage taken by a bystander on the other side of the road. 

It begins with Reinhold and the two deputies in the road. 

Reinhold appears to be trying to walk away from the officers to the side of the road closest to the camera while they follow him.

The 42-year-old is heard repeatedly shouting 'stop touching me' and moving away and batting an officer's arm away as they reach for him.

'Stop touching me. Do you see yourself?' shouts Reinhold. 

The three men move back onto the far sidewalk before a struggle breaks out. 

The officers wrestle Reinhold to the ground and are on top of him as the struggle continues. 

The video then moves to the cellphone footage taken by a bystander on the other side of the road. Reinhold appears to be trying to walk away from the officers to the side of the road closest to the camera while they follow him. A struggle breaks out

The video then moves to the cellphone footage taken by a bystander on the other side of the road. Reinhold appears to be trying to walk away from the officers to the side of the road closest to the camera while they follow him. A struggle breaks out

The smartphone footage shows the three men struggling on the ground as a voice shouts 'he's got my gun' before two shots ring out

The smartphone footage shows the three men struggling on the ground as a voice shouts 'he's got my gun' before two shots ring out

One of the deputies is then heard shouting: 'He's got my gun! He's got my gun!' 

One gunshot then rings out followed by another a few seconds later.

The witness filming the incident is heard saying: 'Oh my God.' 

The deputies are then seen performing CPR on him.

Separate surveillance footage from a nearby motel shows the same moment from the opposite side.  

In it, Reinhold is seen pinned to the ground while reaching forward and touching the gun in one of the officer's holsters.

It is not clear in the footage if he tries to or manages to take the weapon.

The sheriff's department previously released a grainy photo of the footage and said it was not clear if Reinhold had got the gun.

The surveillance footage gives a new angle to this footage and appears to show Reinhold reaching and touching the firearm in one of the officer's holsters

The surveillance footage gives a new angle to this footage and appears to show Reinhold reaching and touching the firearm in one of the officer's holsters

It is not clear in the footage if he tries to or manages to take the weapon

It is not clear in the footage if he tries to or manages to take the weapon

An attorney for Reinhold's family John Taylor said he was trying to push himself up off the ground as the deputy had him in a headlock and that his hand slid down the side of the officer to the gun. 

Taylor said the video does not show Reinhold pulling the gun from the holster.

Instead, the family said the dashcam footage shows the deputies escalated the situation and ultimately caused the black father's death.

'No wonder they didn't want to turn over their explanation for stopping him,' Taylor said. 

'They killed him for what? The deputies didn't even agree he jaywalked.'

He added that Reinhold would not have been shot if he was white. 

'If Kurt Reinhold wasn't a black man, this stop - let alone the shooting - never happens,' Taylor said. 

Tributes were left for Reinhold outside his family's home in Los Angeles in September

Tributes were left for Reinhold outside his family's home in Los Angeles in September

Reinhold can be seen smiling as he poses next to a black Mercedes Benz before he fell on hard times

Reinhold can be seen smiling as he poses next to a black Mercedes Benz before he fell on hard times

Reinhold's family has filed a lawsuit against the Orange County Sheriff's Department, saying the officers harassed the black man who was suffering a mental health episode and 'never posed an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury'.

They say one of the officers had his stun gun drawn on Reinhold and were 'closing space' on him throughout the incident. 

In the sheriff's department video, Undersheriff Jeff Hallock tells viewers the investigation is ongoing and could take up to a year to carry out. 

Reinhold was a father-of-two and former bodybuilder who had fallen on hard times and ended up living on the streets.

The two deputies involved are part of a 25-member unit that attempts to engage with the homeless people and get them into service programs for mental health, drug addiction or other issues. 

They are trained in de-escalation and crisis intervention.

Protesters took to the streets of California in September in outrage over his death

Protesters took to the streets of California in September in outrage over his death 

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