Cop Shoots 60-Yr-Old Disabled Woman in the Face, Uses “Feared for My Life” Excuse

The DA’s report says Naharro stood a mere 5′ tall and weighed only 160 pounds.

Matthew Renda | Courthouse News Service


SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) — A federal judge appeared inclined to dismiss at least some of the claims made by the family of a 60-year-old woman who was shot and killed by a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s officer.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman on Thursday told lawyers for the family of Andrea Naharro, who was killed by police outside of her apartment in November 2013, that officer who shot Naharro had reason to fear for her personal safety.

“At this point I don’t think there is evidence to contest the constitutionality of the actions of Deputy Galan,” Freeman said during the hearing.

Santa Clara Sheriff’s Deputy Jennifer Galan shot Naharro — who was barefoot at the time and suffered from multiple sclerosis — after she allegedly threatened officers with a knife.

Karen Snell, attorney for Naharro’s estate, said Galan used excessive force and any reasonable officer in her position would have found alternative nonlethal means to defuse the situation.

Naharro was having an argument with her husband in an apartment complex in San Jose, California, when she took a knife and began stabbing his guitar.

The noise generated by the domestic incident caused a neighbor to call the police and report a possible burglary in process.

When the police arrived, Naharro was shouting while holding the knife in one hand and the guitar in the other. Officers approached Naharro and told her to calm down but did not indentify themselves.

Naharro, who was irate, yelled at the officers, asking them who they were and telling them to move off. As the officers noticed the knife and Naharro’s demeanor, they backed away. Naharro walked after them, according to the narrative presented during the hearing.

While two other officers retreated behind a car, Galan somehow managed to get herself caught in between Naharro and the house. As Naharro spun around to walk back toward her house, Galan shot her three times in the face, chest and pelvis, killing her.

“Mrs. Naharro had not committed a crime,” Snell said. “The knife was already in her hand when the deputies got there and she was just asking, ‘Who are you? Why are you here?'”

Aryn Harris, arguing on behalf of Santa Clara County, said Galan “went through a herculean effort to avoid shooting her and gave her as many possible warnings.”

Snell disputed this characterization, saying eyewitnesses testified to hearing a single warning before Galan shot Naharro.

Freeman said such questions were immaterial and deciding whether an officer violated the constitutional rights of an individual through excessive force requires taking into account the point of view of the officer and whether or not that officer felt imperiled by the events.

“It does paint a terrifying situation for the police, and age and size cannot be used to diminish the threat to the officers,” Freeman said.

While it appears likely that Santa Clara County will prevail on the constitutional violation claims, Freeman appeared inclined to let the negligence claim go to trial.

“She is alleged, based on the evidence and based on expert testimony, to have gone against her training and against best police practices,” Freeman said of Galan’s actions on the night in question. “She got herself in a position where she could be trapped.”

Harris said the officer may have had escape routes, but just didn’t know they were there due to darkness.

The judge said she would take the matter under submission and rule on whether the case will go to trial in the coming months.

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  • James Williams

    A taser would have been the better choice or pepper spray, police are such cowards today.

    • dstallwell

      Total and complete cowards!

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  • 2broke4 her

    it will not go to trial..

  • Ohio Land Man

    Act a fool and get treated like one.. another one bites the dust.. no doubt.. fear and inadequate training play a big part here.. but we have to be Politically correct to be able have small women police persons…. as well as lowering the standards over and over again.. to have every make and model of human avail as an officer.. each jurisdiction creates its own rules on who the police officers are.. but again.. has to be PC.. def part of the problem.. but . dont get the police called on you and you wont have an issue..

    • Echo Moon

      wow, just wow!!! there are so many bullshit reasons that the cops could be called on you and you make a stupid assed statement like, “but . dont get the police called on you and you wont have an issue..”
      damn it man!! let a neighbor get pissed off cause your kid is making a racket, your dog is barking, your mowing the lawn, they think you parked too close their driveway or to the curb, or your visitor parked in front of their house, the list goes on and on.

      • Ohio Land Man

        so go ahead and walk the streets of chicago . lets see if you make it 10 blocks.. you’ll be squealing for cops for sure..

        • If you think it I make it happ

          Thats your play walk the streets of Chicago. Dumbass I do as well as 10s of thousands of others walk the streets of Chicago daily stop drinking the kool aid of the masses. Chicago its a city of millions with violence concentrated in a few key areas like any other major city you and like others let the media use those fear tactics that politicians use to get there agenda pushed. How about since your wishing ill will toward others you better hope your not pulled over or have that one power hungry coop there to fill you up with ours fear for life bullets and watch you bleed out in the streets or in your car

    • that is a very stupid thing to say

      • Ohio Land Man

        and again.. evidently you dont read the whole discussion dick head.

        • Not pro Israel

          You have some cop penises hanging from your azz.

          • Ohio Land Man

            what are you Mooslem Goat fucker.. lol

        • Not pro Israel

          You still have cop penises hanging from your face

    • Joey Galleno

      Ohio Land Man, you are a friggin idiot !

      • Ohio Land Man

        fk you bitch lol hopefully you call the cops and they dont show.. and then you get gang raped by the perps.. lol

    • Doris Lorraine Hardy

      Don’t have the cops called on you and you won’t have an issue. That is such BS! People have been killed by the police when asking for help. My MOM and I flagged a police car down to ask for help and had guns pulled on us! If another car hadn’t arrived on scene with a higher ranking officer who sent them on their way, I might not be telling you now.

      • Ohio Land Man

        According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund 682 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the past five years in the United States. That averages out to over 136 dead law enforcement officers each year. Sooo You ever wonder why they are soo frkn afraid when they approach any Vehicle.. There is an easy way to handle each situation. and the first is to shut up and do as you are told.. Conversely, on average, there were 96 black males who are killed by white police officers each year – and another 300 white males who are killed by police officers according to FBI statistics. USA Today reported: Soo plenty of reasons to Riot .. right?? Then there’s this… There were 431 black killers of “whites” in 2014, compared to 193 “white” killers of blacks while blacks make up only 13% of the national population. There were approximately 6,000 black on black murders last year. Sooo every time you see a BLACK MALE.. SHOULD YOU be Afraid.. or just when a Police Office visits you??

        • Cathy Young

          Justifying the cowardly cops I see. If they are such pussies to be afraid of women flagging them down, then they should not be cops. It’s amazing how cops don’t kill everyone they come across in the UK and plenty of people using knives. Cops pull out their guns for every tiny thing. They are making thing worse for themselves by acting like everyone is a damn criminal. Seems like you seem to think that since a small percentage of the black population commit crimes, then all of them are to be feared, yet have a problem with the small percentage of “bad” cops making all cops something to be feared. Doris tells you of how guns were drawn on her because a cop was so scared and you come back with a bunch of statistics in your attempt to justify the beatings and killing that cops do every single day. have a look at Kelly Thomas and see if his beating and death were justified. And his killers walked free.

          • Ohio Land Man

            you dumb bitch . the cop was an inexperienced little woman.. its called scared shitless with a gun.. cops dont carry guns in the UK.. by the way .. the Black populations kills close to 25% times more people than cops ever could.. bitch about that why dont you. yet they make up 13% of the American Population.. It’s a disparity that becomes more pronounced in the context of population, as 2015 Census estimates suggest that whites account for 77.1 percent of the overall U.S. population of roughly 321 million, while blacks comprise 13.3 percent. out of the 7,000 approx people killed last accounting period.. 3200 whites died.. rest were black..

          • I Can See You

            because this is a page to bitch about cops, not blacks.

          • Ohio Land Man

            NO.. its about Stupidity.. and a Cop is a Human. just like a Black or White… but your welcome to think a cop will kill you before a black any day.. then feel free to walk any city street.. let a thug attack you and then call out to a cop for help.. pathetic

          • Cathy Young

            Oooh name calling. I didn’t see that coming. Sorry ididnt waste my time reading your drivel past that point. Name calling is the last bastion of those who don’t have anything intelligent to say

          • Ohio Land Man

            LOL.. Did i mention YOUR a dumb Bitch.. lol

          • Cathy Young

            Perhaps you should not call ANYONE dumb until you learn the difference between YOUR and YOU’RE. Seems like YOU’RE the dumb bitch.

          • Ohio Land Man

            guess i should use a talk to the computer program… but thats ok.. YOUR STILL A DUMBASS BITCH.. LOL

          • Cathy Young

            you bring amusement to my day with your predictable name calling. Keep it up, it does bring me joy. Not only do you not know the difference between simple, basic english words you are not very creative either. Have a nice day. I can’t wait for the next installment of the dumbass chronicles. hahahahaha

          • Not pro Israel

            And the cop semen dumpster cannot spell or conjugate.

        • Not pro Israel

          You also have a cop penis hanging from your face.

          • Ohio Land Man

            Evidently .. you have dick on the brain because that is all you write about.. lol

      • Ohio Land Man

        tooo bad they just didnt shoot your dumb ass… lol

  • dilbert

    U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman should be in fear.

  • adrienne lambert

    thing like this make me so mad .people and dogs are being shot and kill all over the country ! cops todays don’t even have to do time for killing anyone and it’s sick .and they wonder why people are killing them . for some reason they believe their gods and their above the law. and it must be true judges let the cops off all the time . WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE DIDN’T ANY THING WRONG THEIR WERE IN FEAR OF THEIR LIFE BULL S….! AND ALL THE POOR DOGS

  • Lewis

    Shoot the thug cop case closed.

  • Lewis

    The thug cop was power tripping. It is beginning to look like the only thing they can hire for a cop is a thug worse than the ones on the streets.

    • Ohio Land Man

      fight fire with fire? lol

  • mike

    Court says it ok to hire cops with IQ of 107 no higher because you can think on your own and you will want promotions raised or you leave. 107 and lower your easliy controlled and you do what your told. Dont believe me look it up. search court police and iq 107

  • EliWebber

    Always a fucking excuse for police . its never their fault . its the dead person who gets the blame .

    • jerry hamilton

      Israel taught them well. Blame the victim.

  • ronald1216

    several shots to the face and body but no knife or guitar throwing on that coward cop she’s a happy trigger cop. she will kill many people cause she feared for her life even people killing cops