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2010 Rivera police shooting report still not ready

STOCKTON, CA - The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office still hasn't released a report about the Stockton police shooting in July of 2010 that took the life of 16-year-old James Rivera.

Rivera's family took part in the noisy downtown demonstration on Thursday that also involved two busloads of people from the Occupy Oakland movement.

"I know I won't get closure, but I want to know what happened that day," said Rivera's mother on Friday.

Dionne Smith-Downs isn't satisfied that nearly two years after the fatal shooting, she still isn't clear on why it happened.

"I feel it should have been completed in 90 days; it's only right.  I 90 days, we should have had something," said Smith-Downs.

Rivera was shot to death when police said he was spotted driving a stolen vehicle.  After a chase, Rivera's vehicle crashed into a north Stockton home.  Stockton police spokesman Officer Pete Smith said Rivera was shot when officers feared the vehicle was backing up toward them.

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Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau said Friday the report has actually been written, but it's going through the review stage, so it was still available.  Himelblau has said because of serious budget and staffing cuts, his office is too wrapped up on current criminal matters to finish the Rivera report as soon as they'd like.

Himelblau had no estimate on when the report would be made public.

by tdaly@news10.net


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