Killing of homeless man not yet justified: Los Angeles police chief
According to Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck, he didn’t see any evidence to give good reason for the shooting of an unarmed man by police officers during a brawl in the Venice Beach area.
The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that two police officers, who responded late on Tuesday to emergency calls of a person who was harassing customers in an area near the neighborhood's boardwalk, tried to arrest a man who was shot during the scuffle.
According to The Los Angeles Times newspaper, the man who died in the brawl was a homeless man in his 20s and his nickname was ‘Dizzle’.
Beck told a news conference on Wednesday, "Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that, and I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances". He added that they are carrying out the investigation.
In March, another homeless man was killed by Los Angeles police and according to the police, the man tried to pull gun from an officer's holster during a scuffle as police was going to arrest him on suspicion of robbery.
There have been many other incidents as a result of which law enforcement agencies across the United States are being considered for scrutiny. The investigation is especially considered for the use of fatal force, particularly against minorities, the poor and the mentally ill.
In the incidence that occurred on Tuesday, the suspect was declared to be dead. According to The Los Angeles Times, the shooting was one of the three incidents over nearly eight hours in which police made use of their guns.