Family sues SAPD for shooting their daughter, Susie Young Kim


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Did the SAPD have to shoot Susie Young Kim?

(Picture Courtesy of the O.C. Register)

“The parents of a woman shot and killed by a Santa Ana police officer after a high-speed pursuit in April have filed a claim for damages against Santa Ana, the Santa Ana Police Department and the shooting officer, claiming wrongful death,” according to the O.C. Register.

Susie Young Kim, 37, was shot and killed just after 1 a.m. April 10 at 17th Street and Grand Avenue near a Food 4 Less supermarket in Santa Ana after a 30-minute pursuit through Buena Park, Anaheim, Fullerton and Santa Ana.

Did the SAPD have a good reason to shoot Kim?  Her attorney says the angles of the bullet holes are all wrong.  He claims that the cop that shot her had to have been on the side of her car, not in front of it.

We still don’t know why Kim fled the Buena Park police who tried to pull her over, or why she ended up in Santa Ana.

But I do wonder why they shot her.  Couldn’t they have deployed nail strips or used a car to stop her?  Why shoot her? If indeed a cop on foot was in harm’s way – why the Hell was he standing there?  Why would he try to stop a speeding car on foot?

And why didn’t anyone see the baby in her car?  Apparently the Buena Park police did advise that the baby was in the car.

Santa Ana is broke.  Imagine if we have to pay out $20 million to Kim’s family because of this shooting?

The Orange County D.A. is investigating.  Good luck with that.  Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez is a Deputy D.A.  You think she might run interference on this one?


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