These effing cops didn’t know somebody was filming from afar. They murdered a man in cold blood by shooting him like cowards in the back while he was running away, then lied in the report that he attacked them. Once lethally shot and dying in the dirt, the cops then handcuffed him for good measure. The man was pronounced dead in a hospital.
According to a report, the suspect was a shoplifter (although they called his deed a “robbery”) and threatened security officers at a Target store in Compton, California with a pair of sheers. After Sheriff’s deputies got involved, the suspect lead them on a chase into Long Beach, where deputies were joined by Long Beach police.
The Sheriff’s Department said that the man came to a stop on the 1800 block of East Ocean Boulevard but refused commands to exit his vehicle. About 15 minutes later, he got out of the vehicle carrying a wooden stick and again refused to follow commands.
In an attempt to detain the suspect, deputies said they shot him with a bean bag, but rubber bullets had no effect and the suspect took off. Then, the report says the suspect took on Long Beach Police Department officers, who were assisting. It was at this time, the involved LBPD officers claim, that they used lethal ammunition. Hmmm…
They really had no idea someone was filming and the video shows what really happened. The suspect attacked no one. There was no one near him but a dog chasing after him. He was running away and they shot him in the back.
Maybe the report refers to K9 unit as “officers” but still – I don’t see him attacking the dog. He was just trying to run away. I must say it’s pretty fucked up that cops see their dogs as “officers” and us civilians as savage beasts that need to be shot for “officer’s safety”.
Long Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Megan Zabel said:
I cannot not comment on what prompted police to fire on the suspect. The officers are still being interviewed and all the evidence is being collected.
Officers are still being interviewed? How are they not under arrest pending indictment and bail proceedings? Oh, I get it. It’s your ages old trick to lull the public with “internal investigation is ongoing” rhetoric until the public’s short attention span starts to focus on something else and forgets all about this murder. But if there was a case of civilians defending themselves against police brutality that ended in death of a police officer, we wouldn’t hear the end of it. The cop would get an expensive funeral on taxpayer’s dime and all units extra funding and better weapons to “serve and protect”.
Bottom line – Long Beach cops shot an unarmed man in the back while he was running away, then handcuffed him and let him die like a rat in the dirt. Fuck this police state bullshit.