Off-duty cop fires ten shots at an unarmed intellectually disabled man and his family from twenty feet away, killing him and critically wounding his parents, because he pushed him in a Costco food line 3.8 seconds earlier.
No charges filed, because he had “no choice.”
- 10 shots at 3 unarmed people.
- 20 feet away.
- In a crowd.
- 3.8 seconds after being knocked to the ground by a man who was already 20 feet away by the time he fired.
And yet he had “no choice but to use deadly force.”
You’re seriously telling me there were no other choices?
It’s still not clear what started it. But the dead man had schizophrenia and was adjusting to a change in his medication, and his parents were trying to de-escalate the situation when they were shot.
Which the cop could’ve tried if he hadn’t started shooting immediately.
Update June 2020: His parents both survived, minus a few organs. The LAPD determined that the shooting “violated department policy.”
Update October 2021: A jury awarded the family $17 million in damages from the city of Los Angeles, finding that the officer was acting within the scope of his employment in the LAPD. And while Riverside County (where the shooting occurred) declined to press charges, the state of California charged him with manslaughter and assault.
Update August 2022: A preliminary hearing determined there was enough evidence for the former officer to stand trial.