Los Angeles police chief speaks out about the officer shooting a homeless man, allegedly for no legit reason.
After a police officer shot deadly this week an unarmed homeless man, chief Charlie Beck opened the subject and talked about the situation.
On Wednesday, Beck stated that he had analysed the video of the shooting and he failed to see concrete evidence that could have lead the officer to take out his gun and shoot.
He explained that every time a police officer from Los Angeles pulls out his gun to fire it requires serious circumstances that would justify the act. However, that type of justification was not obvious in this particular case.
He noted that both of the man involved in the event, the police and the homeless man were black but race has nothing to do with what happened. The factors leading to this were more related to mental and health problems, the homeless factor or alcohol. None of these things are related in any way with race, added the police chief.
The incident occurred Tuesday after 11 p.m. when someone called 911 to make a complaint about a man of around 20 something years old, who was refusing to leave the area of Pacific and Windward Avenues and was bothering customers, according to police reports. The place where the man was reported to be, was close to Venice Beach, a location with plenty of restaurants and bars.
The homeless man, got in an altercation with a bouncer from a bar as he refused to let him in, before the police was called. Officers who arrived at the scene talked with the man, after which he walked away.
Right away, police saw the man approach a walker by and start a fight, police reports stated. The two officers tried to control the man which lead to a physical fight between the three of them during which one of the officers shot.
An ambulance was called immediately and medical staff tried to perform CPR on the homeless man. He was taken to a hospital where he passed away. There was no evidence of a weapon at the scene apart from the ones belonging to the police.
A person who knew the man, stated that this could have been avoided. No matter what reasons that police officer had to shot him, they had no justification, especially that the man was not a violent person.
Someone else who knew him, described him as being a big hugger, who was always interested to know if people around him was alright.
The officers who responded at the call on Tuesday night, were not wearing body cameras, but police has used the video recorded by the surveillance cameras from the nearby locations, which showed what happened.
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