Man shot by Azusa police officer was ...

Man shot by Azusa police officer was unarmed

There are 20 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Sep 5, 2012, titled Man shot by Azusa police officer was unarmed. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

Twenty-six-year-old Jovan Rivera of Covina died Monday in a confrontation that followed the attempted holdup of a 24-hour adult business.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Monterey County Herald.

Anali

United States

#1 Sep 9, 2012
What was the police officer thinking when he shot Rivera to death?! I hope his family does something about it. If the officer didn't see a gun on Jovan's possession why did he shoot him as if he was being attacked by Rivera!
Sunset

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Sep 9, 2012
Anali wrote:
What was the police officer thinking when he shot Rivera to death?! I hope his family does something about it. If the officer didn't see a gun on Jovan's possession why did he shoot him as if he was being attacked by Rivera!
Rivera failed to follow the officer's instructions, and started walking away. When he was told to stop, he didn't, and then he made a move that made the officer fear for his and other's safety.
Don't judge, you weren't there!
The better question is, why did Rivera rob the store in the first place...
Kayy

Kansas City, KS

#3 Sep 10, 2012
Sunset wrote:
<quoted text>Rivera failed to follow the officer's instructions, and started walking away. When he was told to stop, he didn't, and then he made a move that made the officer fear for his and other's safety.
Don't judge, you weren't there!
The better question is, why did Rivera rob the store in the first place...
I will judge! You should judge! Police have no right to shoot people who don't have weapons. People like u who automatically give the police the benefit of the doubt are the reason they shoot unarmed men. Because they can get away with it. Being a police officer doesn't make u a righteous person. I'd rather be a robber than a murderer.
Louis

La Habra, CA

#4 Sep 11, 2012
ACAB so sad cops are pigs and they just any excuse to use their fire arms, this happens alittle too much
William Tell

Duarte, CA

#5 Sep 12, 2012
Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune (bit.ly/R83SML) on Tuesday that Rivera didn't have a weapon.

Now, why would the L.A. sheriff frame a Azusa Cop? Could it be because they've had a turf dipute for years?
Harry Palms

Azusa, CA

#6 Sep 13, 2012
The cops let too much time pass before allowing the paramedics in. They were staged at the gas station for a good 10 minutes. Precious life saving time! They also knew he was the only suspect sooooo......What were they waiting for? What was the hold up on medical services?
NO HAPPY ENDING HERE FOLKS!
SNAPPER WATTS ELM ST

United States

#7 Sep 15, 2012
Rest in peace ese y u do that move ese MY RESPECTS TO UR FAMILIA MY PRAYERS R WIT U AND UR LOVED ONES
commonpeeps

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Sep 15, 2012
Sunset wrote:
<quoted text>Rivera failed to follow the officer's instructions, and started walking away. When he was told to stop, he didn't, and then he made a move that made the officer fear for his and other's safety.
Don't judge, you weren't there!
The better question is, why did Rivera rob the store in the first place...
Come on man, don't be profiling the fool, you know cops don't like thugs.
Sunset

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Sep 16, 2012
commonpeeps wrote:
<quoted text>Come on man, don't be profiling the fool, you know cops don't like thugs.
For a very good reason! One less thug on the streets!
christy

San Jacinto, CA

#11 Oct 23, 2012
No one here knows why he did what he did. For the people that say, "less thugs on the streets" it's such sadness for you to think that way. Jovan was a great person; he was a son, a brother a father and friend. One of the most noble people someone can ever meet. Life lesson: Don't ever judge a book by its cover.
christy

San Jacinto, CA

#12 Oct 23, 2012
SNAPPER WATTS ELM ST wrote:
Rest in peace ese y u do that move ese MY RESPECTS TO UR FAMILIA MY PRAYERS R WIT U AND UR LOVED ONES
me too..
anonimous

Suffolk, VA

#13 Jan 19, 2013
After 4 months of jovans death it feels as if it happend yesturday.. I have known jovan for many years and as long as I can remeber he was a sweet, funny, clever guy. The last time I saw him was at my job.. he went about two times trying to contact an old acquaintance I happen to be very close to. I was so busy, that both times I forgot to tell that person about jovan . Next thing I know hhe's calling me at work to try to get intouch with this person. So I ended up connecting the two old friends and it went well. Although they both know eachother for so long one way or another they seemed to lose contact and he was always the one trying to reach out. One way or another he made it happen for them to say hello. Every now and then I get these hunches and weird connections and I see him even at the theme park, he's trying to do the same from where ever he's at... only this time is not to see this person I'm close to but someone else he was close to. Idk wat he's trying to tell me idk if any of you believe or not but I just hope that if any family member sees this I hope they don't get ofended but rather happy that he's an angel now watching over his mother and son.
vanessa

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Jun 18, 2013
Harry Palms wrote:
The cops let too much time pass before allowing the paramedics in. They were staged at the gas station for a good 10 minutes. Precious life saving time! They also knew he was the only suspect sooooo......What were they waiting for? What was the hold up on medical services?
NO HAPPY ENDING HERE FOLKS!
Were you at the scene?
Harry Palms

Azusa, CA

#16 Jul 21, 2013
vanessa wrote:
<quoted text>
Were you at the scene?
No not at the scene. I was listening to my scanner when the call went out. I'm sure if you were to hear the recorded tapes regarding this indecent you too would agree. Way too much time was allowed to pass before allowing medical services in to help him.
viva cristo rey

Pearblossom, CA

#17 Jul 21, 2013
Fact: man was attempting to rob the store, the clerk stated that rivera simulated a gun in the act of committing the crime, officer being told this made the accurate assumption that he was dealing with an armed male, think people witnesses stated and collaborated officers report rivera reached for something in waist ban area. Now for you liberal criminal sympathizers, bleeding heart idiots he was committing a felony crime and next time if he had the chance he would use a real gun and some innocent person would die so to rivera I say you should have thought carefully before taking the easy road of taking from someone working and just maybe if he had morals and honor he would be alive today looking for work or working he aint no innocent victim he was caught and dealt with like they all should...play with fire you will eventually get burned, hell is pretty hot too? its always funny how some can turn a aggressor into a victim and always looking for someone else to blame but never the criminal, like the boston bomber and ilk of there kind, your liberal thoughts got you twisted and you see the world upside down, think my people y piencan vien
commonpeeps

Monrovia, CA

#18 Jul 21, 2013
He were a good boy- he only rob others so to buy his dope, he no have a job. No be so hard on heem.
commonpeeps

Monrovia, CA

#19 Jul 21, 2013
ooops, typo - him. Grammatical errors intended.
JKo

Upland, CA

#20 Feb 19, 2014
though I am sure jovan was a "good dude" he did try to rob a store before the cop stopped him. He was totally at fault. Though I hate cops if I was in the cops position I would of shot at jovan too. If the whole ordeal happened without the FACT that he tried to rob a store before the officer chased him down it would of been a WHOLE lot different.
here is the perspective of the officer: I drive up, and see the back of someone and the clerk facing him with his hands up. the person with his back to me sees me and starts running away. I got into the store and the clerk tells me that the man that had his back to me was trying to rob him with a gun. I try to follow that man and ask him to stop twice and he keeps running from me. He then turns around without any indication why ( 2 civilian witnesses were at the scene to describe this)
Im sure Jovan rivera was nice to people during his time alive, but his last actions were just as shady as any killer cop or corrupt cop.
PKo

Upland, CA

#21 Feb 19, 2014
jovan was also on probation for a narcotics offense at the time. that should be noted.

i know he had kids and a family, but lets not forget the skeletons in the closet. He isnt the pretty picture that people paint him to be.
Sunset

Azusa, CA

#22 Feb 19, 2014
Kayy wrote:
<quoted text>
I will judge! You should judge! Police have no right to shoot people who don't have weapons. People like u who automatically give the police the benefit of the doubt are the reason they shoot unarmed men. Because they can get away with it. Being a police officer doesn't make u a righteous person. I'd rather be a robber than a murderer.
Oh, rather than give the police, who are risking their lives to protect you and me, the benefit of the doubt, I should give it to some dirtbag who was trying to rob a store? Or better yet, a nut job like you? I"ll take the police any day...

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Azusa Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Divided Santa Ana City council appoints new cit... 7 hr Richard 1
Has anyone ever been molested, by a doctor/spec... Oct 18 Oliver jacobs 4
history of gangs in west covina (Dec '07) Oct 17 rickyboy_ssg 2,826
Ticketed for parking in my front yard??? (Jan '10) Oct 16 Come Speak 85
Get a JOB! Oct 16 NOT a welfare rec... 1
West Covina Tow Contract Rigged by Mayor Johnson Oct 16 Corruption 3
Rosedale community too expensive (May '07) Oct 12 azusa 558

Azusa Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Azusa Mortgages