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Kurt Andras Reinhold: 13 things about homeless black man shot by Orange County sheriff’s deputy

Kurt Andras Reinhold (©Orange County Sheriff's Department)

Kurt Andras Reinhold (©Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

Kurt Andras Reinhold was an African-American man. He was homeless when he died in Orange County, California, United States on September 23, 2020.

The day Reinhold died was the same day a grand jury decision absolved the three Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in Breonna Taylor‘s death. Here are 13 more facts about him:

  1. He was born in 1978.
  2. He lived in various parts of Georgia, USA namely Atlanta, Austell and Lithia Springs.
  3. He lived in Los Angeles, California.
  4. He is related to Latoya Rochelle Reinhold, Angela Naomi Embray and Tucker Judy Reinhold.
  5. He was an educated man who struggled with mental illness that severely impacted his life, Los Angeles activist Najee Ali told the Los Angeles Times.
  6. In August 2020, he went to San Clemente, California. Members of the city’s homeless outreach team tried to offer him homeless services several times.
  7. In the afternoon of September 23, 2020, he was blocking traffic as he was jaywalking on El Camino Real in San Clemente, NBC Los Angeles quoted witnesses as saying.
  8. In the afternoon of September 23, 2020, he approached a woman’s flower stand and told her he was hungry so she gave him money, she told NBC Los Angeles. Melinda Steinmetz told the Orange County Register, “He went to the flower store and asked for money because he was hungry. Then he went to get something to eat, and the next thing we knew, he was dead in the street.”
  9. With the city’s homeless outreach team, two Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies with no body cameras were on patrol at El Camino Real and Avenida San Gabriel in front of the Hotel Miramar in San Clemente and tried to make contact with him at about 1:12 pm on September 23, 2020.
  10. “Stop touching me!” he shouted and pushed away the hand of a deputy who ordered him to sit on the curb. When he asked, “For what?”, the deputy replied, “Because I’m telling you to.” As he tried to cross the street, the two deputies tried to stop him, which led to an altercation between the three.
  11. He tried to reach for a gun from the holster of a deputy and one of the deputies fired at him twice, according to the Orange County Sheriff Office.
  12. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
  13. “He tripped and that’s when they attacked him, He reached for the officer’s gun and then that’s when the shots were fired,” eyewitness Nancy Jarvis told NBC Los Angeles.

(This is a developing story. More details will be added soon.)

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