Police claim he was carrying a knife, but witnesses say that a man who was shot ten times by officers near Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on Friday was unarmed.
According to police, they were responding to a report of a stabbing when they encountered a man in the intersection who was “armed with a knife. ” When he saw the officers, he approached them, and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar said in the passive voice that has become typical in descriptions of police shootings.
The LAPD tweeted a photo that showed a small pocket knife they claimed belonged to the suspect.
The man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The knife was recovered on the street in the vicinity of the suspect, investigators told ABC7.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBWraWUqcis?rel=0&showinfo=0&w=640&h=360]
One witness said she heard officers yelling, “He’s still got a knife.”
“All I heard is just a bunch of gunshots, it sounded like a rifle. I thought I was about to get caught up in a shootout. Everyone was scattered. And then I realized there were police. They were posted up over a man that was lying on the ground bleeding,” Jordan White, the witness who shot the video of the incident, said.
“Police just shot a man in the head 10 times for no reason right in front of me,” White wrote on Facebook. He contends that the “suspect” was not armed.
At this point, there is no way to be certain if the witness’s claims are true. With the recent, but in light of the grand jury’s failure to indict the officer who strangled New York man Eric Garner to death, or the officer who shot Michael Brown dead in the street — to even allow them to go to trial — does it really matter? What will be done, anyway?