The LA Times has reported that an unarmed man standing by the roadside, attempting to flag down two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) by waving his arms for help, has been shot directly in the head by the officers, injuring him badly.
LAPD confirmed to reporters that the incident happened around Los Feliz Boulevard and Tica Drive south of Griffith Park. It is said when the man was taken to hospital, doctors listed his condition as critical.
According to a witness who saw the incident and filmed it, the victim had one arm wrapped in a towel while calling out, “police, police.” When exiting the patrol car, one of the officers instructed the man to “drop the gun,” although the man was unarmed. One of the officers then pulled his trigger, hitting the man in the head. Immediately after the incident happened, the witness, using the pseudonym ‘Manny’, captured and posted the incident on Twitter. ‘Manny’ also said the officer fired three bullets into the head of the man.
The Free Thought Project, said without the footage of the incident, knowing exactly what happened and knowing whether the police had justifiably shot the man, would have been difficult to determine.
In the video posted by ‘Manny’, the two officers can be seen rolling the motionless body over, revealing a massive head wound and large amounts of blood on the ground. Neither of the officers’ expressions, nor their actions, exhibited any sense of urgency or alarm. In fact, they demonstrated no sense of concern, whatsoever, for the dead or dying human being in front of them. To even further complicate the situation, they handcuffed the totally unresponsive body.
Speaking on the incident, LAPD spokesman-Andrew Smith, dismissed what many saw as total disregard for human life. He was quoted as saying by the LA Times, “We always do that, that’s the policy … to handcuff someone in a situation like that,” adding that “We cover everything. Our investigators leave no stone unturned. We don’t have any idea about this guy’s background. We just don’t know yet.”
His comment has sparked outrage with those who have watched the video. Meanwhile, the police officers involved have not been placed under official investigation. They still patrol the city as legitimate officers.
According to activists against police brutalities, the LAPD has a recent history of reckless and total disregard for human life. In 2013, when LAPD officers were man-hunting for Christopher Dorner— a then suspect wanted in connection with the series of shootings that killed four people and wounded three others— in two separate incidents, LAPD officers shot three civilians who were unrelated to Dorner, mistaking their pickup trucks for the vehicle being driven by Dorner.
One of the civilians was hit by the police gunfire, another was wounded by shattered glass, and a third individual was injured when police rammed his vehicle and opened fire. These are recently documented brutal killings of innocent unarmed citizens who died at the hands of LAPD officers.
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