In a ‘stranger than fiction’ event reminiscent of the Rodney King video of March 1991, Los Angeles Police Department officers were involved in the shooting of a homeless man in the downtown LA area known as DTLA and ‘Skid Row.’
According to the official LAPD version, officers were responding to a call about an altercation involving two people and a robbery. They LAPD through spokesman, Sergeant Barry Montgomery, are still asking the public to come forward with more videos that show what may have happened. The altercation occurred at East Sixth Street and South San Pedro around 1130 am Pacific Time yesterday, Sunday, March 1, 2015.
One such video was almost instantaneously uploaded to Facebook by a man named Anthony Blackburn and has since gone viral and been viewed millions of times with links having been featured on news sites such as Underground World News and the BBC.
According to LA News station, KTLA:
“On Sunday evening, LAPD Commander Andrew Smith told reporters that when the officers arrived “they saw the individual they believed was a suspect and attempted to take him into custody.”
A struggle ensued, during which police used a Taser on the man several times in an unsuccessful effort to subdue him, Smith said. “It became a struggle over one of the officer’s weapons,” the commander said, referring to a firearm.”
The man was later pronounced dead by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics who responded. The name of the deceased was not know at the time of death nor was it know in the moments that followed.
Some of the responding officers were members of the LAPD’s Safer Cities Initiative, whose personnel are equipped with body cameras said LAPD Commander Andrew Smith.
As per LAPD protocol, the officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave and their future(s) with the Department will be decided based on a pending investigation, Smith said. After a 72-hour review, he said, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will determine if the officers can return to duty.
LA Police Shooting 3-2-15 5:30pm
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