Los Angeles, CA (PT) – An Officer dispatched to a domestic disturbance call late Monday evening in Los Angeles exercised apparent excessive use of force to subdue a would be violent criminal. Of course, that’s the narrative given by initial media reports. According to officers, there are no video or audio recordings of the event.
Just off Ventura Blvd. at the 4200 block of Matilija Ave. in Sherman Oaks is where the incident occurred. LAPD officer Irma Mota spoke to press briefly about the incident. She claimed that police initially used a taser and shortly after an officer shot once, hitting the man in his torso. Likewise, Sgt. Frank Preciado of the LAPD offered a statement for ABC. echoing the same narrative.
“The officers attempted to de-escalate the situation,” Preciado said. “one of them deployed a Taser. An officer-involved shooting occurred after the suspect ignored commands to drop the knife.”
The unidentified man was taken to the hospital in critical, but reportedly stable condition. Here’s hoping he doesn’t lose his life. The officers, of course, received no injuries on the scene where the man was reported to have been out in the front yard already. Oh, yeah… And in case this needed to be pointed out… The suspect is in his 70’s. Somehow, at least 2 officers fully equipped to deescalate a basic one-on-one confrontation with anyone, could not handle this. Resorting to shooting an enraged senior citizen.
This week has already had 2 police shootings on the American West Coast alone.
Sunday in Seattle, WA a pregnant Seattle, WA woman was gunned down in her own apartment in front of her children after calling the police to come help assist her with a burglary in her home.
This police related oppression nationwide must end. I would urge people regarding both of these cases to contact the respective police departments directly and express your contempt for the actions of theses officers.