A newly released video shows a deadly confrontation between sheriff’s deputies and a homeless man in San Clemente, California, in September. The two deputies were assigned to homeless outreach. They spotted Kurt Reinhold while sitting in their patrol car. He apparently spotted them and began walking.
In audio from microphones worn by the deputies, one tells the other: “Okey-doke. He’s seen ya. He’s seen ya, copper.”
A moment later, one deputy says: “Watch this. He’s going to jaywalk” and adds: “There we go.”
A deputy then asks Reinhold, “Are you going to stop or are we going to have to make you stop?”
“Jaywalking here? That’s ridiculous,” Reinhold said.
Witness cellphone video shows the confrontation quickly escalating. “What is your problem? Why are you touching me?” Reinhold said.
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Kurt Reinhold struggled with mental illness and had been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, Gehlawat said. At times, he took medication, and he had drifted from living with his mother or wife, whom he married in 2008, based in Inglewood and the Ladera Heights area of Los Angeles.