Mark McNamara

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Service Record

San Jose California Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service 2017-2023.[1]
Salary $196,072 (2022)[2]
Last Known Status Resigned[1]

Incident Reports

2022 Shooting of K'aun Green

Case #22-086-0123

On March 27, 2022, officers responded to a call of a shooting. As police were investigating, they were called to a fight at a nearby restaurant. Green had helped to break up the fight and had confiscated a handgun from one of the people involved. The fight spilled out of the restaurant as officers arrived. Green was holding the handgun in the air. Officers ordered Green to drop the gun before McNamara shot.[3]

Part of the incident was captured on officers' body-worn cameras, the restaurant's surveillance cameras, and witnesses' cell phone videos.[3]

Response Timeline

McNamara was placed on administrative leave.[3]

Green sued the city.[1]

2022-2023 Text Messages

On March 28, 2022, McNamara sent text messages referring to the earlier shooting incident, describing the incident as, "N***** wanted to carry a gun in the Wild West" and "Not on my watch haha".[4]</ref>

In June and July 2023, McNamara sent additional messages.[1] Referring to a lawyer, McNamara asked, "Think I give a fuck what y'all n**s think?!???? I'll shoot you too!!!!!". Referring to the man he shot in an earlier incident and the subsequent civil lawsuit, McNamara said, "They should all be bowing to me and brining me gifts since I saved a fellow n***** by making him reach as fuck. Otherwise he woulda lived a life of poverty and crime". One message said, "I hate black people".[4]

Response Timeline

An investigation was opened into the text messages.[1]

In November 2023, McNamara resigned.[5]

On November 15, 2023, the state Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) temporarily suspended McNamara's certification for "Resigned/Retired pending invetigation (sic)" and Demonstrating Bias".[6]

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