Jessica Hernandez’s Autopsy Contradicts Police Report
We previously reported on the death of 17-year old Jessica Hernandez. Jessica was killed on January 26, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. Authorities said Jessica was in a stolen vehicle and tried running over one of the officers, striking him on the leg, which led to that and another officer firing their guns.
A witness, 16-year old Trina Diaz, who was in the passenger’s seat during the incident, stated that the officers were standing next to the car when they fired, and that the car hit the officer only after Jessica was struck, which veered the car in his direction, pinning his leg between the car and a fence.
The coroner’s report shows that Jessica was shot twice to her left side; once to the chest where the bullet went through her heart and both lungs. The coroner determined that none of the shots were fired at close range. Jessica also had bruises and abrasions to her face, torso and neck.
Attorney Qusair Mohamedbhai who represents Jessica’s family said in a statement, “These facts undermine the Denver Police Department’s claim that Jessie was driving at the officers as they shot her.”
Attorney Mohamedbhai also stated “Jessie was clinging to her life after being suffering four gunshot wounds. She was then dragged out of the car, dropped onto the ground, and handcuffed. The abrasions to her face confirm this inhumane treatment.”
The Denver Police Department declined to comment on the autopsy’s findings and Mohamedbhai’s statements.
See Buzzfeed for the autopsy report.