STOCKTON, CA - Nearly two years after teenager James Rivera was killed by police in Stockton, the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office released a report on the incident.
In the 27-page report, the officers who took part in the shooting death of Rivera are cleared of any wrongdoing.
"(The officers and deputy) individually and jointly, were reasonable in their belief that deadly force was necessary to apprehend a fleeing felon and prevent serious injury or death to themselves or others," the report concludes.
Rivera was wanted in July of 2010 after escaping from a juvenile justice facility and allegedly committing several robberies in Stockton, including a carjacking.
Onthe day of the shooting, he was seen and followedby members of a police task force.
Stockton police said it was during the chase Rivera was pushed by a police vehicle into a north Stockton duplex. Officers claimed gunfire was necessary when Rivera began moving the vehicle he was driving, in reverse.
The report on that incident said Rivera, who was unarmed, was shot several times. Rivera's family members have been frequent protesters outside the San Joaquin County courthouse since,because the report had not been issued.