Community Activist Says Police Didn't Use Enough Force

HealthPedro Alvarez

A community activist in Modesto who usually speaks out against police brutality is now saying city police didn't use enough proper force in a Saturday night incident.

35-year-old Pedro Alvarez is accused in that incident which send two police officers home with injuries.

Robert Stanford says he was enjoying a cigarette at Kano Smoke Shop when a crazed looking Alvarez got violent.

Alvarez was apparently upset by the price of a sword he was being shown inside the store, fired a gun and then ran out of the shop with a machete.

Stanford, who called 911 to get police to the scene, says the officers who arrived just wouldn't believe him when he told them Alvarez had a gun.

He says they finally found it after an unnecessary delay in trying to secure Alvarez.

He also says he saw Alvarez start both of the wrestling matches that injured officers, one with a hurt wrist and another with a hurt shoulder.

He claims the officers' handling of Alvarez made them look "untrained."

Sunday, FOX40 spent hours calling the Modesto police for comment about Stanford's observations.  

Those calls were not returned.

The officers hurt have not been identified and are at home recovering.

Alvarez is behind bars facing a long list of charges including robbery and assault on a peace officer.

Police say he took two machetes and some cash from the Kano smoke shop.

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