Kenneth Cha Wiki – Kenneth Cha Biography
Kenneth Cha is a San Francisco police officer charged with manslaughter Tuesday for a 2017 shooting of Sean Moore, an unarmed Black man shot during a confrontation with officers outside his home and who died in 2020 from complications resulting from his injuries.
His age is unclear.
Sean Moore Shooting
Police officer Cha shot Moore on January 6, 2017, on the steps of his home on the 500 block of Capitol Ave in the city’s Oceanview neighborhood after officers had responded to a 4 a.m. noise complaint from a neighbor who had a noise restraining order against Moore.
Police said Moore, who family members described as mentally ill, was combative with officers. Police said during the confrontation, he kicked an officer in the face, retreated into the house, then came back out and punched another officer who was wielding a baton before advancing on Cha, who opened fire, hitting Moore twice.
However, body cam video from the officers showed Moore was trying to avoid baton strikes and retreat into his house when he was shot.
Kenneth Cha Charged
On Tuesday, San Francisco District Attorney Boudin said after a review of the case, his office presented an affidavit and supporting evidence to a judge, who reviewed it and issued a warrant for Cha’s arrest. He is charged with voluntary manslaughter, assault with a semi-automatic firearm, enhancements for the personal use of a firearm, and infliction of great bodily injury.
The case is the second homicide prosecution against an on-duty law enforcement officer in San Francisco history.
“We rely on officers to follow their training and to deescalate situations; instead, in just eight minutes, Officer Cha elevated a nonviolent encounter to one that took Sean Moore’s life. Sean Moore was unarmed and at his own home when Officer Cha shot him twice,” said Boudin in a prepared statement.
“After a thorough investigation, my office is holding Officer Cha accountable for the death of Sean Moore, whom he lacked a lawful basis to even arrest. When officers inflict unwarranted violence in flagrant disregard of their training, it denigrates the hard work of other police officers and shatters the trust our community places in law enforcement. Rebuilding that trust requires us to hold those officers who inflict unlawful violence accountable.”
Cha was involved in a second shooting in San Francisco four months after the Moore shooting. In May 2020, Cha shot and killed a knife-wielding man at a Market St. Subway restaurant who had attacked and stabbed an employee.
San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tony Montoya responded to the charges against Cha in the shooting of Moore with the following statement: “Officers responded to a call for service and encountered the very hostile Sean Moore who was accused of violating a restraining order. We support Officer Cha’s constitutionally protected right to present his defense against these charges that stemmed from this extremely volatile incident that an autopsy concluded took Mr. Moore’s life while he was serving time in prison on another matter.”