[They Did it again ] A Homeless Cameroonian Man Killed By LAPD

An enhanced version of a video recording of L.A. police officers fatally shooting a homeless man on skid row Sunday appears to show the man's hand reaching in the direction of an officer's waistband.

A Times review of the video shows the officer quickly pulling away at that moment. Then, three of his colleagues open fire on the man.

It was difficult to determine whether the man's hand actually touched the officer's weapon.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, in a news conference Monday, said evidence supported initial reports that the man reached for an officer's holstered pistol. The gun's slide was partially pulled back and the magazine dislodged, he said.

"This is indicative of a struggle over the weapon," he said.
The Times reviewed a second video, shot from a security camera at the nearby Union Rescue Mission. It also shows the incident but at a slightly greater distance than the first video, which was posted on Facebook but has since been taken down.

The rescue mission video offers more insight into what happened before police arrived. The video shows the man killed by police flipping another homeless man’s orange tent off the curb with the occupant inside. Paramedics arrive a short time later to treat the man in the tent, the video shows. The police arrive soon after that.

Beck said Monday that the officers involved in the shooting were part of the Safer Cities Initiative -- an LAPD task force specifically focused on skid row -- and were "specially trained in dealing with homeless people and mental health issues." Some of the officers involved had undergone the department's "most extensive mental illness training," which he described as a 36-hour course.
The LAPD said the officer whose gun appeared to be grabbed was a probationary officer who had spent “just under a year” assigned to the Central Division, Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery noted that there were at least two surveillance cameras mounted on buildings at the scene.

During a press gathering at City Hall, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the shooting death of a homeless man by Los Angeles police officers happened in a "fast-moving situation" and asked the public to withhold judgment until an investigation is completed.

"I don't think you or I should judge tactics or whether a situation was done right or wrong before an investigation is done,'' he said.

The mayor confirmed that two officers were wearing body cameras that were activated during the incident. Garcetti said he had not yet viewed the footage and cautioned that it might not contain definitive evidence.

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Rest in peace. Farewell bro.

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