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Posted on: July 8, 2021

Daly City Hires Independent Expert for Administrative Investigation of Officer-Involved Shooting

The City has retained Jordan Consulting & Investigations to conduct an independent administrative investigation of the April 7 fatal officer-involved shooting of Roger Allen, officials announced today. The firm is conducting a comprehensive review of the police department’s policies, procedures and tactics, including the use of force and how the department communicates with the community following critical incidents. The firm will also be available to lead other personnel investigations, as needed.   

The Mayor and City Council took this additional step to ensure the most impartial and transparent administrative investigation possible.

The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office is leading the ongoing investigation into whether the officers acted within the law.  

The City approved the purchase of 100 Axon body-worn cameras and 32 in-car dashboard cameras. Training is currently underway and on-duty officers are expected to be outfitted with the cameras in the next few months, officials said.

At 1:55 p.m. on April 7, officers came upon a parked truck with a flat tire. After officers saw a gun, a struggle with Mr. Allen ensued. When the gun (later determined to be a replica) was pointed at the face of an officer, the officer-involved shooting occurred.  

In May, at the direction of the City Council, City Attorney Rose Zimmerman asked Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office to conduct a parallel investigation into the shooting. Bonta’s office declined, citing the ongoing DA’s investigation and Daly City’s plans for an outside independent review.

For more information about use of force policies, please visit the police department’s website.

Press Release - July 8, 2021