Teen shot by LAPD was suicidal, called police

Teen shot by LAPD was suicidal, called police
Teen shot by LAPD was suicidal, called police
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07 October, 2016

Perez was the second teen-age male shot by LAPD officers last weekend.

LOS ANGELES A person with a replica handgun who was shot to death by police in Los Angeles and initially reported to be an adult was identified on Thursday by coroner's officials as a 16-year-old boy.

"What you're seeing is basically a policy of appeasement", said Jon Shane, a professor at the John Jay School of Criminal Justice in New York City and a former police captain in Newark, N.J.

They called on city leaders to take "comprehensive and immediate action", including requiring "open, transparent and independent investigation" into recent police shootings, make Police Commission meetings more accessible to the public, and to stop arresting peaceful protesters.

It took officers about 20 minutes from the time of the 911 call to reach Perez, a delay Beck blamed on dispatcher confusion over the gunman's description.

Earlier this week, Beck said that as officers approached the suspect, he "turned and pointed a handgun at the officers, at which time there was an officer-involved shooting".

Eighteen-year-old Carnell Snell Jr. was shot Saturday.

Officers recovered the weapon that Perez had in his possession, which turned out to be a replica gun, which "had the orange tip colored by black paint or a black felt pen, in order to hide the fact that it is a replica", the chief said.

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"Body camera footage or other video doesn't provide transparency if the public never gets to see it".

The video came from a nearby business and shows a young man in a blue sweatshirt, identified by police as Snell, running through a strip mall and behind parked vehicles, holding what appears to be a gun in his left hand. All then disappear from view because they were no longer within the range of the surveillance camera.

Snell was shot after officers tried to pull over a auto he was in because it had paper license plates that didn't match the year of the vehicle.

Beck said that Daniel Enrique Perez had called 911 Sunday to report a man with a gun in South Los Angeles.

"It clearly supports the officers' prior statements and versions of this incident, and it clearly refutes any reports that this individual. was shot while he was laying on the ground", Beck said. But releasing that video, he said, could set a standard for the LAPD in terms of complying with public records requests for such recordings.

A poll conducted by Community Coalition, one of the signers of the letter, found that the majority of respondents say deadly force should be avoided even when a suspect is armed, and that their confidence in the police department has fallen over the last three years, according to the letter. The officers were not wearing body cameras.

On Sunday, protesters rallied in South Los Angeles and outside Mayor Eric Garcetti's home.


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