The husband of a man who was killed by police during a domestic dispute in the Bay Area is expected to be the first witness in a murder trial in San Jose, California.
Alyssa and Eric Milano, who live in San Mateo County, were charged with first-degree murder in the July 2, 2015, death of 29-year-old Eric Martin.
Eric’s parents, Richard and Denise Martin, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of San Mateos, San Francisco and San Francisco Police Department.
A police dashboard camera video shows officers pushing Eric into the back of their squad car, as they lay on the ground, handcuffed, and placed him on the floor.
The video shows an officer ask Eric to get on his hands and knees, as he lies motionless on the concrete.
The video then shows another officer approach Eric, who is standing on the sidewalk.
He walks away from the officer.
The officers follow him.
The Milanos’ attorneys are seeking the dismissal of the civil rights lawsuit, saying that officers are not acting in self-defense when they pull Eric from the squad car and put him on a stretcher.
Police Chief Bill Scott told reporters Monday that he had yet to review the dashcam video and that his department had been advised by the district attorney’s office not to release the footage.
“We are reviewing it,” Scott said.
He declined to say whether any of the officers involved in the fatal encounter are still on the force.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of it, and I can’t comment on what happened,” he said.
Scott declined to comment on whether any officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.
The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
Police say Eric was a passenger in a car they were investigating when they were stopped by a car that was pulled over for driving on a suspended license plate.
The department did not immediately return calls for comment.
The case was one of several high-profile police shootings involving African-American men in recent years.
In November, a white police officer in Louisiana fatally shot Walter Scott after he resisted arrest.
In 2015, a black officer in Kansas shot and killed Eric Garner while he was in a chokehold.
The Garner family filed a $1.6 billion wrongful death suit against the City of New York.