There is another police involved shooting lighting up social media today, this time in Los Angeles where video uploaded to Facebook by user Anthony Blackburn shows LAPD officers shooting a homeless man multiple times during an altercation of some sort.
Details on the shooting from the Los Angeles Times:
Police have not identified the dead man or said how many officers were involved, or how many shots were fired. The man was declared dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred about noon, according to police spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery.
The officers had responded to a robbery call in the 500 block of San Pedro Street, Montgomery said. He added that at one point during the struggle a Taser had been deployed, but investigators did not know if it struck the man who was subsequently shot.
Witnesses at the scene identified the victim by his street name, “Africa”, and gave conflicting accounts of what they saw.
Dennis Horne, 29, said Africa had been fighting with someone else in his tent when police arrived.
When Africa refused to comply with a police order to come out of the tent, officers used the Taser on him and dragged him out, Horne said. The officers tackled Africa to the ground, where he continued to fight, which led to the fatal shooting, according to Horne.
There is an open question, however, if the unidentified victim was armed at the time of the shooting.
Warning: The video below is extremely graphic:
Some on Twitter are already finding fault with the LAPD, despite a lack of details on what actually transpired:
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes tweeted this out, later deleting it with a message that he, too, will wait for more facts to come in:
We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.
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