Video of LA po­lice shoot­ing shows sus­pect with hand­gun

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Video re­leased Tues­day shows a black man killed by Los An­ge­les po­lice was armed just be­fore he was shot dead. But the footage failed to cap­ture him when officers say he twice turned to­ward them hold­ing the loaded semi- au­to­matic hand­gun.

The video shows the man iden­ti­fied by po­lice as 18-year-old Car­nell Snell Jr. crouch­ing be­hind an SUV parked at a strip mall and pulling a hand­gun from the waist­band of his sweat­pants.

Snell then tucks the gun back into his waist­band and runs around the cor- ner as officers chase him. All then dis­ap­pear from view be­cause they were no longer within the range of the sur­veil­lance cam­era.

Snell’s shoot­ing Satur­day came amid height­ened ten­sions over po­lice ac­tions in­volv­ing blacks and other mi­nori­ties across the coun­try. Snell was the third black man in five days killed in con­fronta­tions with South­ern Cal­i­for­nia po­lice.

Po­lice said the video — posted to the Po­lice Depart­ment’s YouTube chan­nel af­ter pres­sure by pro­test­ers to re­lease it — sup­ports the ac­count LAPD Chief Char­lie Beck gave de­fend­ing the shoot­ing.

Beck said the video showed Snell had an op­por­tu­nity to get rid of the gun but de­cided to keep it when he ran.

The video show­ing the mo­ments lead­ing up to the shoot­ing was made public just as Black Lives Mat­ter or­ga­niz­ers gathered Tues­day morn­ing to protest Snell’s killing at a meet­ing of the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Com­mis­sion.

Demon­stra­tors at the civil­ian over­sight board’s meet­ing con­tin­u­ously dis­rupted Beck and com­mis­sion mem­bers with ex­ple­tives and in­sults.

AN­DREJ ISAKOVIC/GETTY-AFP

Hun­dreds of mi­grants stranded in Ser­bia set off on foot from Bel­grade to­ward the bor­der with Hun­gary on Tues­day to protest its clo­sure for most peo­ple try­ing to reach the Euro­pean Union.

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