May 29, 2001
Latino, Male, 31, Mentally Ill
Police Department Name
Jose Pineda, a Salvadoran immigrant who was shot and killed by plaintclothes Boston Police in East Boston.
An officer shot Pineda, 31, after he stabbed a plainclothes detective in the leg in 2001. The East Boston man’s family said he was mentally ill and intoxicated at the time. He spoke little English and there were doubts that he understood commands to stop running away from police and drop his weapon. He had been mugged twice in that area, leading his family to believe that Pineda thought it was happening again.