Po­lice de­fend lat­est fa­tal shoot­ings of black men

The Myanmar Times - - World -

LOS An­ge­les po­lice de­fended the ac­tions of of­fi­cers in­volved in two fa­tal shoot­ings of black men over the week­end that touched off protests and raised ten­sions.

Po­lice chief Char­lie Beck said one of the vic­tims, 18-year-old Car­nell Snell Jr, was car­ry­ing a hand­gun that he pointed at of­fi­cers chas­ing him on foot af­ter he ex­ited a sus­pected stolen car.

“At one point dur­ing their foot pur­suit, which was 200 to 300 yards, they ob­served him re­move a hand­gun from his waist­band and hold it in his left hand,” Mr Beck said, adding that Snell was shot twice, killing him in­stantly.

Some 40 protesters pelted Los An­ge­les Mayor Eric Garcetti’s home with eggs over the week­end and young men were seen spray-paint­ing the win­dows of lo­cal busi­nesses late Oc­to­ber 2.

Mr Beck said the sec­ond man shot by po­lice in south Los An­ge­les, also on Oc­to­ber 2, was armed with a replica hand­gun with its or­ange tip cov­ered so that it re­sem­bled a real gun. The man has yet to be iden­ti­fied. –

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