Video supports the cops’ version of shootings. I don’t expect that to stop the insanity. Videos support officers’ accounts of fatal South LA shootings, LAPD says | abc7.com
Firefighter-paramedics pronounced Snell dead at the scene. LAPD investigators said a fully loaded, .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun was recovered less than 5 feet away from him.
The officers were not equipped with body cameras, and the incident was not recorded by a dashboard camera, but Beck said footage from a local business showed the suspect with a gun in his left hand.
But it won’t matter that he was armed.
As for the second shooting….
Police opened fire when the man turned toward them with an object in his hand and pointed it at them, Beck said. The unidentified individual was taken to the hospital, where he died.
A replica handgun was recovered at the scene, according to the police chief, adding that the muzzle’s orange tip had been colored black.
And I suppose the cops are supposed to know by osmosis or something that the replica gun was a replica. You point a replica firearm at a couple of cops, and I say that might be suicide by cop.
As I’ve said before… I give cops grief when they do stupid or illegal things. But these two cases are tragedies that were of the victims’ own making. My guess is that the next tragedy will come in the form of protests that turn into riots.