2 March 2015 - LAPD officers shoot dead homeless man
LAPD fatal shooting of man caught on tape
Gale Holland, Jack Dolan and Kate Mather (The Guardian)
Police officials offered a detailed account of what they say prompted the Sunday morning shooting, which was captured on video by a bystander.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers assigned to the LAPD's Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative — a task force focused on skid row — responded to the location about noon Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible robbery.
A witness' video shows Los Angeles police shooting a man during a confrontation in the skid row area of downtown.
Smith said the officers approached the man and made contact with him, at which point he "began fighting and physically resisting the officers." The officers attempted to take him into custody and at one point, attempted to use a Taser that Smith said was "ineffective."
The man continued to resist police, Smith said, and the man and some of the officers fell to the ground.
"At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer's weapons occurred," Smith said. "At that point an officer-involved shooting happened."
Holly Yan (CNN)
Los Angeles (CNN)The video starts with a man swinging his arms at police outside a Los Angeles homeless shelter.
An officer tackles him to the ground, and three others try to subdue him. At least one pulls out a Taser and tries to shock the man.
"Drop the gun!" a voice yells.
Seconds later, five gunshots ring out, prompting shock and screams from bystanders.
"Why did y'all shoot that man?" one witness yells. "Y'all got (him) Tased. Why did you y'all shoot that man?"
Gale Holland (The LA Times)
Smith said investigators were looking for any other video that captured the incident, including footage from the body cameras some of the officers may have been wearing. Officers assigned to the Safer Cities Initiative were part of the LAPD's pilot program for the new technology and are equipped with the devices.
At least one officer involved in the incident was wearing a body camera, Smith said.
The dramatic confrontation was caught on video, which was later posted on Facebook (the video contains foul language). It shows a group of officers getting into a scuffle with a man standing on a sidewalk littered with tents and other debris.
John Moreno (KTLA)
Witness Yolanda Young said the homeless man “had three Tasers on him” during the confrontation.
“He was down but then he jumped up, like he was juiced up, and then he started swinging at the police and they were fighting him back. … They shot him five times,” Young said.
Another witness, Tonya Edwards, said she knew the man who was shot and that he was a homeless person who had “a lot of mental issues.”
In accordance with protocol, the officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative pending the an investigation, Smith said. After a 72-hour review, he said, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will decide whether they will be returned to duty.
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