On April 5, 2018, 26 year-old father-of-three Diante Yarber drove his cousin and two friends to a Walmart in Barstow, California. While in the parking lot, Diante’s vehicle was suddenly surrounded and boxed in by officers with the Barstow Police Department who were responding to a report about a “suspicious vehicle.”
Video footage shows Diante slowly reversing his cousin’s car to move away from the Barstow police officers blocking him in front. Officers immediately exited their vehicles and fired more than 30 rounds into the Mustang, killing Diante at the wheel instantly. A 23 year-old woman in the vehicle was shot at least twice, then handcuffed and put in a police vehicle and treated as a suspect before being given medical attention. One other passenger was shot and injured. Bystanders can be heard gasping in video taken of the incident.
It has now been verified that the vehicle Diante was driving was not a stolen vehicle. Neither Diante nor anyone else in the vehicle had committed any crime. They were unarmed.
The case is now under investigation by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department homicide detectives. They will decide whether to file charges against the officers involved.
Please contact San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon through one of the channels below and give him the following message:
Please bring charges immediately against the officers who shot and killed Diante Yarber and injured two other people in his vehicle on April 5, 2018. This was a lethal use of excessive force that was NOT warranted by the circumstances. These were innocent, unarmed people sitting in a parking lot at Walmart. They were engaged in no criminal activity whatsoever. And your officers attempted to execute them (30 rounds!) for what? Because they didn’t want Yarber to slowly roll into a police vehicle? This was a dangerous (to EVERYONE in that parking lot) and reprehensible act that will not be tolerated. Bring charges against these officers immediately and do justice for Diante Yarber, those injured, and the people forever traumatized by this act of murder.
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Thank you for demanding justice for Diante Yarber, his cousin, and their two friends. We cannot allow arbitrary executions by police in a democratic society.