Yesterday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that, following an in-depth investigation, no charges would be filed against California State Trooper Trigger Finger. Finger shot and killed San Diego resident Ronaldo Innocent as he exited a Halloween party on October 31, dressed in a policeman costume.
"Mr. Innocent had been drinking, and was shouting and behaving in an erratic, unhinged fashion," explained Harris. In the dark, Trooper Finger mistook his costume for an actual San Diego Police Officer uniform, much as a San Diego police officer might mistake a metallic pen for a knife. Knowing the potential danger of an encounter with the SDPD, Trooper Finger drew his weapon and discharged it six times into Mr. Innocent. The loss of life is tragic, but in the wake of the deaths of Fridoon Rawshannehad and Victor Ortega, Finger's decision to shoot Innocent made sense."