San Leandro, CA - The City of San Leandro is releasing the Administrative Investigation Report conducted by OIR Group into the April 18, 2020 officer-involved shooting that took place at a Walmart on Hesperian Boulevard. During the incident, two San Leandro Police officers responded to reports of a man, later identified as Steven Taylor, who was wielding a bat and threatening store employees. The incident ended with the officer-involved fatal shooting of Mr. Taylor. The report is located on the City’s website.
The report focused on the actions of former San Leandro Police Officer Jason Fletcher, who fired his taser and service weapon, and Officer Stefan Overton who discharged a taser.
In the interest of transparency and in accordance with Senate Bill 1421 that went into effect January 1, 2019, this report is being released prior to the conclusion of the criminal case against former Officer Fletcher and prior to any determination of disciplinary action against Officer Overton. The attachments to the report will be released by the City as soon as legally required redactions are completed.
The independent administrative investigation concluded that Officer Overton’s use of a taser was not in compliance with department policies regarding taser deployment and the use of force. The San Leandro Police Department will make a determination concerning disciplinary actions regarding Officer Overton by June 18th. Additionally, the report states the following: “Had a different approach been taken, the use of deadly force might have been avoided altogether.” A discussion of civilian oversight of law enforcement models was presented at the February 22nd City Council Work Session. The City Council directed staff to study each model and provide recommendations at a future City Council meeting. The City is committed to extensive public outreach throughout this process.
“As Mayor, I feel I can speak for the City Council and many in San Leandro who often reflect on the events of April 18, 2020, and the painful loss of Mr. Steven Taylor,” stated Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter. “The City was determined to find answers and we value the independent investigation of the OIR Group and thank them for their work. This is not the end of the process. There are still criminal, civil, and administrative actions to take in this matter which limits how much we can elaborate on the content of this report. But, I want to make it clear to the residents of San Leandro, that we will learn from this tragic event and make any needed changes to our training, outreach, and culture to ensure something like this never happens again.”