OneCaliforniaOn the 19th, a Highway Patrol officer fired several shots at law enforcement on the I-105 highway in Watts, Los Angeles County, killing one person. Later, several MPs asked the relevant departments to conduct a “transparency” investigation into the incident. The entire process was recorded in a video shot at the spot.
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The incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. on the 19th in the westbound lanes near Long Beach Avenue in Watts. Law enforcement said they received multiple calls reporting a person walking on I-105. The I-105 Freeway is a highway that runs through the neighborhood of South Los Angeles and ends atLos Angeles International AirportIs the main road.
A video posted on social media shows a fight between a patrol officer and the suspect in the middle of the highway lane. The patrol officer then took out his weapon and fired several shots at the suspect at close range.
The CHP statement said the man was violating traffic rules by walking in the highway lanes and resisted multiple requests from patrol officers to move out of the lane, causing all westbound traffic to stop. “As the patrol officer approached the pedestrian, they argued in the street. During the fight, the pedestrian obtained the patrol officer’s stun gun, activated the weapon, and used it. Fearing for his safety, the CHP patrol officer “Attacked the pedestrian with his weapon.”
The pedestrian’s name has not been released. There is no video showing what happened before the fight.
Los Angeles City Councilman Tim McCosker said in a joint statement with representatives of the Watts District that the video was shocking and that the incidentShootingThe incidents should be investigated quickly and thoroughly. California Senator Steven Bradford said the video of the shooting was extremely disturbing and appears to be an unnecessary use of deadly force, and the community deserves answers. “If the roles were reversed, there would be immediate calls for murder charges.”
Roger Clark, a former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy and use-of-force expert, also questioned whether the shooting would be justified after reviewing the video. Watts District Task Force Chairman Donnie Joubert and California State Assemblyman Mike A. Gipson also released statements on the incident. It was unclear whether community protests were planned.
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