If what happened to Francisco Serna had happened to a black person, there would be riots, looting, and arson in the streets of Bakersfield, CA. Police shot and killed the unarmed 73-year-old grandfather, who is suffering from dementia, for reasons known only to the Bakersfield PD. Hell, there are riots when a black cop shoots an armed black suspect, but somehow this shooting barely gets a mention in the news.
The LA Times reports that around 12:30 Monday morning the police received a call about a man brandishing a gun. Upon arriving on the scene, a witness pointed to Francisco Serna who was standing in a neighbor’s driveway. With that, an officer drew his gun and fired several shots, killing Serna instantly.
The police did not find any weapon on or near Serna. They searched the area working on a theory that he tossed the gun, but didn’t turn up a thing. They even went through Serna’s nearby home and car and still couldn’t produce a firearm.
Serna’s son Rogelio says his father was unarmed.
“My dad did not own a gun. He was a 73-year-old retired grandpa, just living life. He should have been surrounded by family at old age, not surrounded by bullets,” said Rogelio Serna.
Not only didn’t police find a gun, they couldn’t even explain why the officer shot Francisco in the first place. There was no claim that he came after the officer, refused to show his hands, or acted aggressively in any way. As it stands the official police story is they just showed up and shot the grandfather for standing in a driveway and that’s pretty f*cked up.
It gets worse because as Rogelio explains, his father was suffering from dementia.
Serna’s son said his father was showing the early signs of dementia and occasionally experienced delusions. The elder Serna also had difficulty sleeping and frequently went on late-night walks to tire himself out before bed, his son said.
Another little piece of information makes this story even more tragic. Francisco Serna had a medical alarm system that he had accidentally triggered a couple of times, prompting a police response. It is possible that the cops weren’t even responding to a man with a gun call, but rather another false alarm triggered by Serna in his confusion.
Worst of all, Francisco Serna wasn’t some street thug, gang banger, or convicted felon; he was a retired mill worker with children and grandchildren. His family is planning a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, which will most certainly not include burning down the neighborhood or looting the local WalMart.
How is it that this completely unreasonable police shooting doesn’t cause any outrage, but when a black thug gets shot for attacking a police officer our cities erupt in violence? The priorities in this country are definitely out of whack when an unarmed grandfather can be gunned down and there isn’t a peep from the race-hustling social justice warriors who would destroy a city over the police shooting of an armed black criminal.