An­swers sought in fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing

China Daily (USA) - - WORLD - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS in Los An­ge­les

Ac­tivists on Sun­day called on Los An­ge­les po­lice to pub­licly name the of­fi­cers in­volved in the deadly shoot­ing of an 18-year-old black man­n­ear hishome­andto con­duct a quick and trans­par­ent in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We don’t want to see a cover-up. We don’t want to see a white­wash,” Earl Ofari Hutchin­son of the Los An­ge­les Ur­ban Pol­icy Roundtable said af­ter meet­ing with the fam­ily of Car­nell Snell Jr. “We have a fam­ily that’s griev­ing. We have a com­mu­nity that’s griev­ing.”

The shoot­ing oc­curred on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Los An­ge­les po­lice say they tried to pull over a car with pa­per li­cense plates at about 1 pm. Af­ter a short chase the driver and a pas­sen­ger got out and fled. The pas­sen­ger ran in back of a house, where he was shot. The driver es­caped.

The coro­ner’s of­fice con­firmed on Sun­day that Snell was the man killed. His fam­ily lives in another house in the front of the prop­erty where the shoot­ing oc­curred. A back gate there was rid­dled with six bul­let holes.

Po­lice have dis­closed lit­tle about their in­ves­ti­ga­tion other than to say a hand­gun was found at the scene. It was not clear if Snell was car­ry­ing it.

In a state­ment, the LAPD said in­ves­ti­ga­tors will gather ev­i­dence re­lated to the shoot­ing to de­ter­mine whether deadly force was nec­es­sary and the district at­tor­ney’s of­fice will re­view it to see if any crim­i­nal charges are war­ranted.

Snell­wasthethird­black­man in five days to die in con­fronta­tions with po­lice in South­ern California. Last Tues­day, Al­fred Olango was fa­tally shot by an of­fi­cer in the San Diego sub­urb of El Ca­jon, trig­ger­ing three days of an­gry and some­times vi­o­lent protests. Olango was shot when he took a “shoot­ing stance” and pointed at an of­fi­cer with­what­turned out to be a 4-inch­vapepen— an­elec­tronic cig­a­rette de­vice.

On Fri­day, Regi­nald Thomas died af­ter be­ing shot with a Taser by po­lice in Pasadena. He­wasarmed­with a knife­and his wife de­scribed­hi­mas men­tally ill. His brother told a 911 dis­patcher that Thomas was high and had a his­tory of vi­o­lence.

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