Grand jury indicts San Francisco officer in non-fatal shooting

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A San Francisco police officer was indicted one year after he shot a man who was running from police, according to police body cam footage.

The district attorney said a grand jury on Friday returned indictments against both officer Christopher Flores, and Jamaica Hampton, the man he shot in the leg in the Mission District on Dec. 7, 2019.

District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s office is not requesting a pretrial detention for either man. Boudin hopes that Flores and Hampton will voluntarily surrender.

The DA did not release details of the indictment.

Hampton is accused of attacking the officers who later shot him, and Flores was being investigated for his use of force.

Hampton suffered several injuries from the shooting and had to have one of his legs amputated.

SFPOA released a statement on Monday afternoon in regards to the charges filed:

“Former Public Defender Chesa Boudin’s decision is absolutely appalling. Unprovoked, Jamaica Hampton brutally attacked Officer Christopher Flores, bludgeoning him repeatedly over the head with a Vodka bottle causing severe injuries to Officer Flores’ head.  Mr. Hampton was the aggressor and Officer Flores acted to protect his own life and to protect the public. Boudin’s failure to personally file charges against Mr. Hampton for his vicious attacks on our officers sends a clear message that Boudin has no intention of protecting officers who are victims of violence. Mr. Boudin is communicating to law enforcement officers today that they must choose between protecting their lives or protecting their freedom, but they cannot do both.” 

Tony Montoya, President

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