Terrible Contrast-LAPD Shoots With A Smile
Pretty sure I just saw LAPD shoot a man in the back on Sycamore & 9th.— Patrick Comiskey (@patcisco) July 9, 2015
Further from PINAC via Reddit
Making the situation even more disturbing, a resident of the neighborhood took to Reddit to post about her encounter with the police on the scene, and her account paints a very troubling picture.
“The officers were incredibly casual and just said “someone was shot”. I asked if there had been a break in or a robbery and if there was anything we needed to be concerned about. The officer SMILED and incredibly smugly replied “the shot was fired by an officer. They shot a bad guy”.
Still confused by this statement, I asked “what does that mean though? Is the neighborhood safe, do we have anything we need to worry about?” to which the officer AGAIN SMILED and said “There was a bad guy on your block, but you girls don’t have anything to worry about, we took care of him”. He then glanced at the other officer with a look of satisfaction that I will never forget.” Reddit user, stuffshelbysaves wrote in the Los Angeles sub-Reddit.
Short of a mass killer, or a real gunfight I can think of few if any circumstances where the police should be pleased to have shot an unarmed guy. Incredible and in another way a stark contrast to my immediate previous Page where a policeman is under suspension for disobeying orders to kill 2 orphan bear cubs.
Officers put a lot of personal stuff into the locker when they gear up. Their compassion and humanity need to go with them to work.
At some point, Smith said, the man grabbed the Taser from the officer and used it on the officer’s leg. The officer’s partner then opened fire, striking the man in the upper body.
The witness says the man was shot in the back, the police confirmed he was shot in the “upper torso”… Just curious, which side of the “upper torso” would that be?
The man was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in critical condition, police said. The officers were treated and released for minor injuries.Smith said an initial report by police that the man was fighting with officers with his skateboard was untrue.
Investigators had interviewed several witnesses, Smith said, but he declined to say what they told police. Sgt. Frank Preciado, another LAPD spokesman, said investigators were also trying to review closed-circuit television footage from the area.