She was hospitalized, placed in an induced coma and underwent surgery. She has lost vision in one eye, according to her attorney, Dante Pride, who has contended that Furcron was targeted for exercising free speech rights, including calling police “murderers” during the protest.
Video live-streamed by Furcron had shown her stating she was entering a “riot” and calling for the police station to be burned down, though it appears the officer who fired the beanbag was unaware of that and mistook Furcron for a man.
Detective Knudson is on paid administrative leave as an investigation continues. The District Attorney’s office will review the investigation when completed to determine whether the officer should be charged with any crime. LMPD policy requires that beanbags, if used for crowd control, be aimed at the torso. However the substantial distance and fact that Furcron had moved forward as she hurled the can make it unclear whether the officer aimed at her torso or higher.
At a press conference after her release from Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Furcron stated, “'m a law-abiding citizen. And I never came out here at night for this to be a part of my story."
Chief Vasquez issued a statement which reads in part, “I continue to pray for Ms. Furcron and hope that she continues to heal and makes a full recovery for her family at home. Rest assured that the men and women of the La Mesa Police Department are committed to providing quality and professional police service to our community. It is my hope that we will continue to heal the wounds, nurture an environment of open communications and make La Mesa a safer place to live.”
View critical incident video: https://youtu.be/T_SWmCcrhIY
Video body camera footage from Detective Knudson (partially obscured by patio wall): https://youtu.be/LfkbY2NtvEk
Video body camera footage from a second officer next to Knudson: https://youtu.be/jgJ4MMBey6U
View timeline of events during protest and subsequent riot, in which several buildings were burned dow, released by the City of La Mesa: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sites/eastcountymagazine.org/files/2020/May/LMRiotsTimeline.pdf?912
View statement by LMPD Walt Vasquez: https://youtu.be/w6aPn7kQbvg
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