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kron. 4 news at 6. >> at 6 richmond police new details behind the firing of one of its officers and the chilling new surveillance video connected to the investigation. thank you for joining us for kron. 4 news at 6. i'm pam moore and i'm ken wayne, the contra costa county district attorney's office has filed felony assault charges against fired richmond police officer eric smith junior. >> the da's office says the former officer has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury for striking a suspect. a number of times with a taser. richmond police held a news conference about the incident earlier today and showed video from what happened. we do want to warn you the video is graphic. kron four's dan kerman has the story. >> richmond police say one officer eric smith junior confronted a drunk driving suspect during the early morning hours of april 9th. he cross the line. >> officer smith's actions are unacceptable. his behavior
deviated from our training and will not be tolerated. >> richmond police chief piece of french played surveillance video and officer bodycam video of the incident during a news conference wednesday the video shows the officer tasing the and then hitting him at least 3 dozen times with his taser while repeatedly shouting, stop resisting, stop resisting. >> the officer acknowledged the force and he believed that his life was in danger. after watching this and reviewing the report all the evidence that surrounded this we just concluded an investigation that. it was unjustified force. >> chief french says all use of force incidents are reviewed. this one got flagged
11 days after it happened. the officer was put on administrative leave and tuesday of this week he was fired after the police department's internal investigation was completed. >> i know that the actions of this officer further erode the trust between law enforcement and the community. but i also know that this officer's actions are not representative of our department. >> or our profession. chief french says the dui suspect was never charged and officers have been unsuccessful in their attempts to reach out to him. >> richmond police say prior to this incident, they've had no trouble with this officer. he was originally hired in october of 2019. he did a brief stint with the pittsburgh police department in july of 2021. only to return to this department in october of last year. right now, as we mentioned, he's been fired and is facing felony charges. richmond police headquarters, dan kerman kron. 4 news. >> eric smith juniors lawyer sent us a statement that reads
in part, eric smith is a brilliant police officer and a great young man. he has taken more guns off the streets and the entire department combined. the saving countless lives. it isn't easy dealing with a violent criminal element these days. >> san francisco police are searching for a gunman who opened fire inside a muni bus this afternoon. one person died. another person was injured in the shooting. it happened just after 3 o'clock. this video is showing the same way you can see there is a heavy police presence. the shooting happened in the area of the lascaux avenue and santos street in the singles side neighborhood. when officers arrived, they found 2 people have been shot. both were sent to the hospital and one, as we said, diet. no arrests have been made. police are still trying to figure out what happened on that bus that led to the shooting. union city police say a man was injured in a shooting this afternoon in the area of 8th and h streets. police say the victim was shot once in the leg and is now recovering at a
hospital. officers have arrested 3 people in connection with the shooting. the motive is still under investigation. in the south bay. san jose police say they arrested a man who they believe is responsible for killing another man and setting the car on fire. officers responded to a vehicle fire in the area of pomona avenue and bernard avenue on sunday morning. they say they found a man's body inside after the investigation. police arrested martin cabrera at a homeless encampment on the same day. the motive is still an under investigation. the victim's identity has not been released. this is san jose's 20th homicide of the year. palo alto police have arrested a man who they say went inside a home and tried to seal a number of items that happened monday afternoon shortly after 3.30, on ramona street. police say wayne darko of san jose and to the house from the unlocked front door and started looking through things until the homeowner yelled at him. he then ran away without taking anything. officers were
able to locate him in the nearby area shortly afterwards, police say before this incident darko also face accusations of vandalism theft trespass and resisting arrest in sunnyvale. he is now booked into the santa clara county jail. other news tonight, indiana congresswoman jackie walorski was killed in a car crash this afternoon along with 2 of her staff members. >> well, our ski represented north central indiana from south bend to just north of kokomo, the elkhart county sheriff says the suv that she was traveling in was hit head-on by another car. republicans, communication director emma thompson and district director zachary potts also died in the crash. the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was also killed. and president biden issued a statement to express his sadness and condolences on her death. the president said, quote, in part, we may have represented different parties and disagreed on many issues, but she was respected by members of both parties for her work on the house and
white house ways and means committee which she served. in the east bay. tensions flare today as police started to clear out people's park in berkeley. cal berkeley had started work early this morning on building student and affordable housing on the site. but that effort is now on hold at. protesters clashed with police. at least one arrest was made for shells. clifford has details. >> overnight tuesday into wednesday, police cleared out most of the people in people park and a fence was put up around the perimeter throughout the morning. neighbors upset with the move, blocked construction equipment and faced off with police around 10:00am. crews began cutting down trees in the park. that move upset. protesters who began shaking the fence and trying to break through at least one man was taken into custody for climbing over the fence. protesters did manage to break through at one point, setting off a clash with police. then clear the roadway. the people who want to keep people's park
the way it was. the university's plans are unacceptable. it's tragedy. >> it's a shame. it's a power play. it's. not over yet. i'm not afraid to get a roster that can be done by the i'm not a >> for its part, the university says they want to make the work as safe as possible. >> we want to do everything that we possibly can to avoid any kind of confrontation, any sort of problems. and so we're going to leave it to law enforcement, decide what this safest best way to proceed is by early afternoon, police had backed off protesters then knocked down the fence and move back into the park in berkeley, charles clifford kron, 4 news thunderstorms and our 4 zone forecast says we give you a live look at a really cool shot of the transamerica pyramid a little bit. wisp of the clouds. yeah, i was just talking with our chief meteorologist lawrence karnow who standing. i was looking at the fog behind. you also want to talk about the gosh, i mean, it's really get going up there again today. we have some leftover monsoonal moisture this morning. we got
reports of a couple of scattered light showers around the bay area mainly in the north bay. and then the fog started rolling right now. so >> get some drizzle out there. little cool of the coastline. good over san francisco, though, that patchy fog begin to move in right now and more to come. but this year it is really get going this afternoon. that monsoon again moving for the east today. you can see all the lightning strikes far. northern california and then over the sierra nevada, it is really been coming down. we've got some flood watches going up there as well as the heavy storms continue to roll across that area. and big concern with that, they're getting the rain. but of course, you can always get those fire started with those lightning strikes as well. right now we've got flood watches up across much of that area through thursday at 10 o'clock and that we've got some flood warning. some flash flood warnings in effect to the north there. you can markleeville already getting reports of some very heavy storms. there are over 2 and a half inches of rain. there are some reports of some boulders down on some of the roads there as well. and a little further to the south. now you're also looking at another area of concern. this looking at another possibility of some
more flooding in that area as well. so that will be continuing throughout the evening hours tonight. and that should taper off. but these monsoons are far from done that. we'll see this play out over the next few days here and then finally watch things. i think settle down into the weekend. but you get along the coastline now things settling down for the bay area, at least right now. you got the fog low cloud cover moving in along the coastal sections right now. but i think as we get toward tomorrow afternoon and friday to see some of this monsoonal clouds roll back in again and that could make things very interesting. of course, the high country we're talking about that stormy weather temperature for tomorrow. going to get hot in the part of some 90's. the valley, 70's and 80's inside the bay and some 60's out the coached. thank you. laurissa man who had one of baseball's most recognizable voices. vin scully has died. the dodgers hall of fame baseball announcer passed away yesterday at the age of 94. >> he was the longest tenured a broadcaster with a single team in pro sports history serving the dodgers since the team's days back in brooklyn.
he stuck with them until his retirement in 2016. dodgers change players, managers, executives, owners, even coasts, but scully and sully rather vin scully, sorry and his soothing insightful style remained a constant for the fans. >> it's called it was an diamond. they're singing to him since. >> with every night he said he's on motivated the dodgers. every game. what can you say? i mean, what can you say? thank you. thank you. >> and you are so loved. the dodgers are in town to face the giants at oracle park tonight at 6.45, there will be a special moment during the game, too. >> honor his life and legacy. in we can show you the traffic as people are trying to get to the bay bridge to go to that game. a lot of traffic. he was with the dodgers for 67 years just incredible. he also called the play the catch like clark making that he called that play for the nfl and you
had a chance to me that i've met him a couple of times and you can anybody. everybody says the same thing. one of the nicest, nicest guy ever want to meet a true gentleman. >> well, coming up on kron, 4 news at 6, the justice department subpoenas. donald trump's former white house lawyer why he is accused of trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election. another watch robbery reported in the east bay. how the robbers attacked this time. plus, the san francisco district attorney announcing an aggressive new strategy to hold drug dealers accountable. but some people are calling the move a violation of constitutional rights. san
francisco district attorney brooke jenkins is changing how her office will punish drug dealers. >> under the current policy, anybody arrested with more than 5 grams of drugs could be referred to the city's community court and potentia ly not face any jail time. but jenkins says she is changing that policy, especially when it comes to fentanyl and she will issue harsher penalties. punishments for anyone caught dealing drugs as kron four's haaziq madyun tells us some city officials argue the policy could lead to jailing people who are not guilty of drug crimes. the drug overdose crisis is at an all-time high and that is one statistic that san francisco shouldn't leave the country. >> at this press conference, san francisco district attorney brooke jenkins announced a new policy for
holding drug dealers accountable. then to know the dealers being the number one targets. because when you're talking about something that it takes 2 milligrams of to kill you, we have to treat it differently. the da's new drug policy includes a possession limit of 5 grams, a criminal charge enhancement for selling fentanyl within 1000 feet of a school and pre trial detention, extreme dental drug, dealing cases. the district attorney also revoked over 30 open plea offers by revoking these plea offers. i will be seeking felony charge. felony charges for them to plea to and some of these offers will now include jail time. normally rebels to say don't take this deal. according to the san francisco public defender's office, the average trial date is delayed over 174 days with 78 felony cases within the last 2 years. still waiting for a date in court. >> which public defender, mano rogers says is a violation of
the constitutional rights to a speedy trial and motivation for some defendants to take that offer from the d a as opposed to waiting behind bars. i've seen so many times direction, not guilty. what they're charged. but without that action jury trial date, it's a much more challenging conversation to have with those who represent, however, district attorney. but jenkins remains focused on keeping our word to san francisco voters. the change. >> that i am a. in placing today. is what is necessary to bring change out on the street in our most vulnerable communities. >> in san francisco haaziq kron. 4 news. >> in the north bay, the marion county sheriff's office is looking for a man wanted in connection to a stabbing there. the incident happened on july. the 19th on mcallister avenue in the town of canfield near the college of marin. the victim says that he saw the suspect who is now identified as 37 year-old
brian jordan stealing things from his car, the victim and a friend. then chase jordan got into a fight. and that is when the victim ended up being stabbed. the friend called 9-1-1. the victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay. here is a picture of the suspect who fled the scene on foot. jordan stands about 6 foot 3, about 230 pounds and has blue eyes. police say if you see him do not approach him, they ask that you call the marion county sheriff's office immediately. >> now to our wildfire coverage. firefighters continue to battle the raging mckinney fire. several 100 people remain under evacuation orders. right now, the fire has burned more than 57,000 acres near the oregon border in siskiyou county. we know 4 people have been killed and there's still no containment on that fire. the mariposa grove of giant sequoias yosemite national park has officially reopened. the grove shuttle is also back in operation. this comes as firefighters get control of
the washburn fire. it's now 100% contained with more than 4800 acres burned. some areas of the park will remain closed. that includes the washburn trail, the western portion of the perimeter trail and the trail from the mariposa grove toward will >> well, lawrence is here. he's been keeping an eye on that area for some days now with this fire. what's the status so far? so good, at in the yosemite valley area right now, they're going to have on the fire. but they've got numerous thunderstorms popping up in that direction. and fire now up there and it continue to see some thunderstorms. the track, though, is a little further. the saudis him come across right toward mount shasta. you got why-reeka to the north. so not affecting the fire zone just yet. there's still a chance that could happen, though, as we head through the night tonight. you see that stream of moisture working its way all the way from weaverville up through mount shasta. that's a pretty strong storms not as strong as yesterday, but you get one of these in and around active fire. you could the downdraft from some of those thunderstorms that can spread that fire very,
very fast. in the meantime, though, it has been very active out there. we've got some more moisture. this one from frank now kind of wrapping around the area of low pressure off the coastline. let's pull most the moisture way from california. but the monsoon continues to see some of that subtropical moisture roll right around the ridge of high pressure again. and it's just really get active fired up in the sierra nevada. and that's what we're concerned about. they are seeing a significant amount of rain do with these storms and that's a positive that will keep things a little bit wet and keep that fire from igniting as easily but still should in these lightning strike strike in the wrong spot without the rain? well, that could be another problem. the another possible fire starting so it has been a very active day. they're too numerous to count the thunderstorms rolling on through and all the lightning strikes. if you look outside of the east, you can see those huge towers from those clouds continue to make their way over the sierra nevada. watch for the possibility of more flash flooding now in that area. some heavy rain and some debris flows are being reported in the high country. the bay area, though, just look at the fog outside. the
fog rolled back into the golden gate bridge catching a little break from the monsoon today. i think, though, may be back again late tomorrow and into friday. guys, back to you. thank you, lawrence. >> former white house counsel pat cipollone subpoenaed by a federal grand jury investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. cipollone recently testified on capitol hill serving as a key witness in a separate investigation by the house january 6 committee. several media agency is now reporting he is conferring with his attorneys about appearing before the grand jury and dealing with issues of executive privilege. >> ahead of november's midterms, elections took center stage on capitol hill today. a bipartisan effort to prevent future attempts to overturn a presidential election during the counting of electoral college votes received broad support from election experts said hearing today. so officials told the senate judiciary committee that poll workers from both parties have been harassed, intimidated and threatened,
making it harder to recruit new volunteers ahead of november's midterm elections. >> my son standing in a driveway. picked up a stick, turned to me and said, don't worry, mom, if the bad guys come get them with this. he's 6 years old. >> the new bill would increase the penalties for election-related crimes. maine's republican senator susan collins and west virginia democratic senator joe mansion played key roles in drafting the bill. they also clarified that the vice president does not have the power to overturn election results and the bill would make it harder for lawmakers to object to them. >> coming up, house speaker nancy pelosi shipped to taiwan spox tension between china and the u.s. what the white house the u.s. what the white house had to say about the visit. pre-rinsing your dishes? you could be using the wrong detergent. and wasting up to 20 gallons of water. skip the rinse with finish quantum. its activelift technology provides an unbeatable clean on 24 hour dried-on stains. skip the rinse with finish to save our water.
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remain defiant. america's solidarity with tom. i want this crucial. it was a message and a visit. the chinese communist party tried desperately to stop. >> even today holding live-fire military drills off taiwan's coast. cowen has been an island of resilience and the world. indeed, the people of taiwan have proven. >> to the world that with hope, courage and determination. it is possible to build a peaceful and prosperous future. >> china considers taiwan its own territory, even though taiwan's ruled itself with democratic elections for decades, there were fears pelosi's trip might trigger china to take more aggressive action against the island or even push china closer to russia. but pelosi's visit drew rare bipartisan support on capitol hill. i don't like the chinese >> get kill members of congress where they can go. >> despite a lukewarm response from the white house and the pentagon, there's no reason
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>> another rolex robbery reported in the east bay. armed thieves striking again in walnut creek kron forcefully to call tells us this is part of a growing trend around the bay area. >> after a bite to eat at bounty hunter in walnut creek. saturday night police confirm a man was held up at gunpoint and robbed of his rolex watch the restaurant's general manager says the victim's wallet was also taken and confirms the theft happened in the back parking lot. that does concern really shocked when expected downtown here. still, kevin johnson says he will not think twice about wearing his rolex, which is worth more than $20,000. this is pretty safe area to meet pleasant hill. want to create this whole area. lafayette now, i really don't think about it. the general manager says 3 suspects were involved. he's made all of his staff aware and is looking into possibly adding lights in the back parking lot to make patrons feel safe or and women i kind of and pay attention