The world is again exposed to another killing of a Black man by police. This time in Los Angeles where a cellphone video captures a homeless man being shot multiple times by officers.
The shooting took place Sunday in the Skid Row section of Los Angeles known for it’s population of homeless citizens.
The four minute video shows officers charging the man, known by those in the area as “Africa,” and arresting another person. As “Africa” is pinned to the ground officers use a TASER then shoot him multiple times killing him.
Onlookers are heard in the background angered by the officers actions. Witnesses said the man didn’t have a weapon.
One of the officers was reportedly wearing a bodycam.
WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE
In press release put out by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) on Sunday, the department says a private citizen placed a 9-1-1 emergency call to report a robbery in the area in downtown Los Angeles. When officers arrived on scene the man began fighting and physically resisting the officers attempts to take him into custody.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene. LAFD paramedics then transported the suspect’s body to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Officer.
The department said portions of the incident were captured on cameras and will be reviewed and analyzed as part of the ongoing use of force investigation.
“The video is disturbing,” LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said to the media on Sunday. “It’s disturbing any time anyone loses their life. It’s a tragedy.”
LAPD’s Force Investigative Division (FID) is working with the LAPD’s Office of Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners to determine whether the use of deadly force was consistent with Department policies and procedures.
Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.
Data from The Homicide Report reveals that 590 people have been killed at the hands of law enforcement in Los Angeles County since 2000.