LAPD Officers Shoot, Kill Another Unarmed Man -- This One Mentally Ill -- in South L.A.
More LAPD gunfire in South L.A. last night left one allegedly bipolar man in his 40s dead and officers shaken -- an eerily similar scenario to the murder of unarmed Reggie Doucet, Jr. last weekend.
Similarities abound in the police accounts: The man is said to have been acting eccentrically, becoming physically aggressive toward the officers and even reaching for one of their guns -- like Doucet -- before they shot him to death in the street.
The key difference is that last night, at about 9 p.m. near East 107th Street and South Clovis Avenue, witnesses say police fired rounds from a beanbag shotgun before resorting to deadly force. From existing news reports, it appears the man was killed in front of his family.
Police responded to a 911 call in the area at 8:15 p.m.
Eisenman says the man refused police orders and became violent. She says officers fired non-lethal bean bag rounds but couldn't subdue the man, who was 5-foot-11 and weighed 240 pounds.
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"The situation started to escalate, and they requested backup," LAPD spokeswoman Officer Karen Rayner told the Times.
The victim was never transported to a hospital. According to City News Service, "the man's body lay on 107th Street under a tent set up by police until past 2 a.m. today."
Family and friends of the mentally ill man have been telling reporters that -- though he was, as officers allege, "eccentric" -- they had never known him to be truly "crazy" or "violent."
Another LAPD spokeswoman tells us the department won't release a police report, nor the identity of the man, until about 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Two L.A. officers have been shot since the beginning of 2011: One in the eye and one in the bulletproof vest. Around the country, shockingly, Click2Houston reports that 11 police officers have been shot in the last 24 hours. (Still don't think last night's kill was necessary? Maybe you could use a little firsthand use-of-force training.)
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