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Bakersfield police kill elderly man with dementia

RT | December 13, 2016

A retired cotton gin operator out for a walk was shot and killed by a Bakersfield, California police officer. Police were responding to a call about a man with a gun, but found no weapon anywhere near the scene.

Francisco Serna, 73, was shot and killed in the early hours of Monday after Bakersfield police responded to a 911 call about a man “outside with a gun, armed with a revolver,” local media reported.

After a witness pointed to Serna, one officer fired several rounds and killed him, Bakersfield PD spokesman Sergeant Gary Carruesco told KBAK.

Serna was declared dead at the scene, around 1:15am local time (09:15 GMT) on Monday, according to the Kern County coroner.

According to his family, Serna suffered from early stages of dementia and his medication made him paranoid. He often took a walk when he had trouble sleeping, the family said. Serna was in the neighbor’s driveway when police shot and killed him.

Eight shots were fired, the family told KERO.

“My dad did not own a gun. He was a 73-year-old retired grandpa, just living life,” Rogelio Serna told the Los Angeles Times. “He should have been surrounded by family at old age, not surrounded by bullets.”

Police had visited the Sernas twice before, because Francisco in his confusion activated a medical alarm, Rogelio Serna added.

The officer who shot Serna has not been named, and has been placed on administrative leave as is the policy in such situations.

Police searched the scene for a weapon, but found none, Sgt. Carruesco said.

Bakersfield is a city of around 365,000 in the San Joaquin Valley, halfway between Los Angeles and Fresno.

December 13, 2016 - Posted by | Civil Liberties | ,


  1. This would not have happened in any other first world, democratic country, with a properly functioning Legal system. It seems to regularly occur in the USA. Why?


    Comment by Brian Harry Australia | December 13, 2016 | Reply

  2. Were this city’s cop-thugs trained in “urban crowd control” aka state terrorism in the Zioentity so-called Israel? Fits its m.o. like a glove.

    California taxpayers: pay amends to the family in honor of and regret for Mr. Serna (R.I.P.), who is [was] exactly my age of 73, in the $15,000,000 range.

    I wonder how this will be played in the US MSM? Maybe the suck-up pundits will search long and hard for a “terrorist” connection to Mr. Serna? In the meantime, thanks to RT and Aletho News.


    Comment by roberthstiver | December 13, 2016 | Reply

    • I agree with you 100%.


      Comment by Wallflower | December 14, 2016 | Reply

      • Thanks, Wallflower; two excellent clips. Prof. Jeff Halper’s a great man…though I must note that I met him at a 2010 Sabeel conference here in Honolulu. When I shook his hand and thanked him for his service on behalf of justice, I said something like “Palestine Is Still THE Issue — in a global/international sense as well as in its homeland and the region.”, he looked at me with some skepticism/sarcasm and responded “Wellll, I wouldn’t say thaaat….” and I excused myself from further conversation. Here (wish I knew the date of this clip), he did indeed use the words “global…world.” Perhaps he’s getting the idea….


        Comment by roberthstiver | December 14, 2016 | Reply

        • Thanks for letting me know…


          Comment by Wallflower | December 14, 2016 | Reply

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