A man was killed inside a Walmart for holding a bat.
After the community expressed their outrage, police were forced to release the body camera footage days later and it bode well case.
Now, four months after officer Jason Fletcher shot and killed Steven Taylor, 33, 40 seconds after entering , Fletcher has been charged.
On Wednesday, Fletcher was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter fatal shooting of Taylor in April.
"A thorough review of the statements of witnesses and involved , physical evidence review of multiple videos of the shooting show that at the time of the shooting not reasonable to conclude Mr. Taylor posed an imminent threat of death or great bodily injury to Officer Fletcher or to anyone else store," said Alameda County Nancy E. O'Malley prepared statement.
"I believe Officer Fletcher's actions, his failure other de-escalation options rendered his use of deadly force unreasonable and a violation of Section 192(a), Voluntary Manslaughter."
San Leandro Jeff Tudor issued Wednesday saying, "As the of San Leandro, the loss of Steven Taylor has deeply affected this community. Today, the has charged Officer Jason Fletcher with voluntary manslaughter. important that we allow the judicial process its course. refer all the District Attorney's Office."
While are certainly welcome, legal experts say not go far enough Fletcher to face murder charges.
"You the facts, in my view, those facts amount to voluntary manslaughter. It's second-degree murder," says LaDoris Cordell, a retired Judge.
"It is difficult to believe that one have the intent to kill another person when the officer took his gun, put it of the victim, and shot him chest."
As TFTP reported, police were called the Walmart in April over an alleged robbery.
Police said , there was no robbery, but they found Taylor inside brandishing a bat "Menacingly" as they tried to detain him.
The officers are seen getting very Taylor and he never once takes a swing.
The video shows the officers then taser the man before shooting him chest for wielding the bat.
While video was grainy and from , the body camera video shows that there was no on the man and prosecutors agree.
The video shows officers confront Taylor who appears agitated but never once attempts to swing the bat at the officers or charge them like they originally claimed.
When officer deployed his taser, Taylor started leaning forward - not like he was charging the officers - but as if he was .
"Get back!" "Get back!" they yell several times, as background heard shouting "Put it down! Put it down!".
The gunshot was entirely unnecessary, which is why onlookers inside the Walmart gasped watched it and spoke out, saying "Don't shoot him anymore!".
Despite Taylor dropping the bat, officer deployed his taser causing Taylor to collapse.
Another video uploaded to social media shows the interaction between San Leandro cops and Taylor.
The video, which than longer, shows officers engaging Taylor, who is refusing their commands to "Drop the bat." Seconds later, Taylor is face down on , dying.
This man was killed - not for attacking people - but refusing to drop sporting equipment when cops demanded he does so.
Although Taylor was accused of threatening people, at no time did he actually attack anyone.
Attorney S. Lee Merritt, a prominent police brutality attorney country has taken the family's case.
In a statement, Merritt called the officers' actions "Criminal."
"At some point exchange the officers' behavior became criminal, namely when the suspect was disarmed," Merritt wrote.
"These officers only poorly trained to individuals a crisis, their intentional and repeated application of force, despite the absence of a threat, captured in these recordings is sufficient evidence for authorities to issue a for the shooting officers."
Merritt also how the officers opening fire inside a crowded Walmart put everyone store , not just Taylor, not immediately arresting Fletcher put the community .
"Failure and arrest the shooter unnecessarily exposes to a deadly threat," he said at the time.
NBC Bay Area interviewed of Taylor's who described as a loving father of boy and who had not himself lately.
"I am his family and for his friends," Flood said.
"We will miss him, love him."