Yet again an American police department has needlessly killed one of its citizens, this time in Los Angeles. The following video is disturbing, but it’s important that it be seen and that the people whom the police serve demand a change in how policing is done:
Yahoo News/AFP describes the incident:
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Los Angeles police fatally shot a man on Sunday in an incident that was caught on video and circulated widely online, with the department saying officers resorted to deadly force after the man had reached for one of their guns.
The graphic footage, which appeared on Facebook, shows a violent altercation between a man and several officers in LA’s “Skid Row,” an area near downtown where many homeless people live.
The video appears to show the man flailing at officers as they try to subdue him.
A voice yelling “Drop the gun!” can be heard before several shots ring out and several onlookers cry out in alarm.