Video shows deputies fatally shooting man in Lynwood

13 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Los Angeles Deputies Caught on Video Shooting Man Walking Away, Then Crawling Away (Updated II).

LYNWOOD, Calif. Two Los Angeles county sheriff’s deputies have shot and killed an allegedly armed suspect, with video recorded by a bystander showing a man coming under police gunfire after appearing to turn away from the officers.

The shooting occurred about 11 a.m. in the area of Long Beach Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue, said Deputy Sara Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies were caught on video shooting a man as he walked away from them, firing upon him repeatedly as he tried to crawl away on his stomach. Sheriff’s Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said in a statement that when the deputies encountered the man in front of a gas station they ordered him to drop the gun but he did not comply. UPDATE II: NBC Los Angeles reports that crowds gathered around the scene chanting “no justice, no peace,” tearing down a police tape cops set up to keep them away.

Local ABC news said an eyewitness who wanted to remain anonymous captured video and said the suspect had been shooting in the air and did not follow police orders. We are working closely with our criminal justice system partners as well as members of the public to put together the most comprehensive and accurate account of exactly what occurred. “In this modern age of cellphone video and instant analysis on the internet, I would ask that we keep in mind that a thorough and comprehensive investigation is detailed and time intensive. Sheriff’s homicide detectives asked anyone with any information regarding the shooting — other witnesses or possible victims — to call them at (323) 890-5500. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. It will involve not just one source of information, but numerous sources, potentially including multiple videos, physical evidence and eyewitness accounts.

Over the last two years, the Los Angeles Police Department has dealt with several controversial shootings by officers, including one involving an unarmed homeless man on skid row that was also captured on video. Our number one priority is public safety.” An LA county sheriff’s deputy on duty elsewhere in the city when the shooting occurred told the Guardian that a call went out reporting an armed individual firing indiscriminately. “We are now trained to immediately engage and fire upon anyone … acting that way,” said the deputy, who did not want to be named as he was not cleared to speak to the media. The deputy acknowledged it was too soon to be sure that the call was accurate, or that the deputies acted appropriately, either by opening fire in the first place or by continuing to shoot after the man was first hit and crawling in the gas station forecourt.

The department also released a more detailed narrative, stating that there are witnesses who say “they saw the suspect turn and point the gun at the deputies prior to the shooting.” The suspect, whose name has not been released by the Sheriff’s Department, was pronounced dead at the scene. Lynwood is in a broad swath of depressed, racially charged neighborhoods straddling the southern city limits of Los Angeles that also include South LA, scene of the 1992 Watts and Compton riots.

A notorious clique of sheriff’s deputies based in Lynwood in the late 1980s, the Lynwood Vikings, became notorious for beating and shooting local residents without provocation and were later described by a federal judge as a “neo-Nazi, white supremacist gang”. The sheriff’s deputy who spoke to the Guardian said it was highly unlikely the officers simply opened fire because they felt like it and “even the Vikings” would not have done so in 2015 when “we know and assume we are always being video-recorded”. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477, or by texting the letters TIPLA plus the tip to 274637, or by visiting the website http://lacrime

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