Family protests police shooting in San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO – Family members of a man shot and killed by police organized a protest Tuesday against alleged police brutality.

Cedreona May, sister of the late Cedric May, called the protest the “March for All for Justice.” She and her family have previously accused San Bernardino police of using deadly force without justification.

“He had no weapons. No guns. No nothing,” Cedreona May said Tuesday.

Cedreona May said by telephone that participants planned to march Tuesday afternoon from City Hall to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s headquarters.

A police officer shot Cedric May one year ago. The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2009, in the 1500 block of Belle Street. Police reported at the time that Cedric May grabbed an officer’s genitals and Taser while fighting with police.

The shooting happened the night Cedric May’s family had a barbecue to celebrate his release from jail on the previous day. His family members said at the time that contrary to police statements, Cedric May was shot after being handcuffed.

The District Attorney’s office has sided with police. Prosecutors announced in June that they would not file charges against the police officer who shot Cedric May.

The District Attorney’s office reported an officer shot Cedric May only after the man aimed a police Taser at another officer’s head.

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