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Experts: Officers likely won't be charged despite recording

  • Robert Mann, right, the brother of Joseph Mann, who was killed by Sacramento Police in July, discusses the shooting of his brother during a news conference Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif.  Mann, accompanied by his sister, Deborah, center, and attorney John Burris are demanding that the officers involved in shooting of Joseph Mann, 50, be charged with murder and that the U.S. Department of Justice open a civil rights investigation of the Sacramento Police Department. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Robert Mann, right, the brother of Joseph Mann, who was killed by Sacramento Police in July, discusses the shooting of his brother during a news conference Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Mann, accompanied by his sister, Deborah, center, and attorney John Burris are demanding that the officers involved in shooting of Joseph Mann, 50, be charged with murder and that the U.S. Department of Justice open a civil rights investigation of the Sacramento Police Department. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  (The Associated Press)

  • Robert Mann, right, the brother of Joseph Mann, who was killed by Sacramento Police in July, discusses the shooting of his brother during a news conference Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif.  Mann, accompanied by his sister, Deborah, center, and attorney John Burris are demanding that the officers involved in shooting of Joseph Mann, 50, be charged with murder and that the U.S. Department of Justice open a civil rights investigation of the Sacramento Police Department. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Robert Mann, right, the brother of Joseph Mann, who was killed by Sacramento Police in July, discusses the shooting of his brother during a news conference Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. Mann, accompanied by his sister, Deborah, center, and attorney John Burris are demanding that the officers involved in shooting of Joseph Mann, 50, be charged with murder and that the U.S. Department of Justice open a civil rights investigation of the Sacramento Police Department. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)  (The Associated Press)

Legal experts say a dashboard camera recording of two California police officers discussing hitting a suspect with their police car does not make it more likely that they will face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of the man that ended the encounter.

Philip Stinson, a criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, said Tuesday the officers may have reasonably feared for their lives or public safety, justifying any possible decision to use their vehicle to hit the man.

Jonathan Blanks, a researcher at the Cato Institute, said police have leeway in the use of lethal force.

Sacramento police have said the man police shot and killed, Joseph Mann, was waving a knife.

The officers can be heard on the recording saying, "I'm gonna hit him" and "OK, go for it."

Mann's family wants prosecutors to charge the officers with murder.