Local civil right activists have expressed serious concerns about the LAPD’s training and gun policies. One such activist is going to ask that the police who actually made the shot be removed from the police force and will push for criminal prosecution if an investigation reveals any misconduct.
Apparently, the officers were on their way to another investigation, and they saw a group of boys in an alley where one boy was pointing a gun at another. They opened fire when the boy did not drop his “gun” as ordered. The boys walk the same route to school every morning and the neighbors are used to seeing them in the same alley nearly every day. The police officers also state that they did not realize the boys were not adults at the time.
The LAPD defends the officer’s decision, explaining that officers have to make split second decisions every day, and they do not have time to consider whether the gun may be a toy or not. However, civil rights activists argue that police are trained to shoot far too quickly. They should be sure that the person with the “gun” is actually a threat before they begin shooting. They point out that the only thing that saved this boy’s life (and the other boy’s life) was that this officer was a poor shot.
It is possible that the boy’s guardians can file a personal injury lawsuit on the boy’s behalf against the officer (and even against the police force, depending on the situation). His family should speak to an attorney to discuss their options.
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