Police defend latest fatal shootings of black men
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. –