UPDATE @ 6/27/2015 8:44 AM: The son of the unarmed victim shot by the LAPD says the police are trying to portray him as a criminal.
NBC Los Angeles interviewed 18-year-old William DeLeon, the victim’s son, outside of the Los Angeles USC Medical Center, where his father is still listed in critical condition.
“I don’t like the way the LAPD is portraying my father as a criminal because he’s not. He’s a father,” DeLeon said.
DeLeon’s family’s has hired attorney Caree Harper, who says the LAPD is trying to invent incriminating excuses for why DeLeon was shot, saying police have also tried to spin the shooting as an example of “suicide by cop,” which Harper says was not the case.
“LAPD [is] trying to make up a reason why they shot another unarmed man of color,” Harper said. “Everything they say should not be golden. Every word that comes out of their mouth is not gospel.”
UPDATE @ 6/22/2015 7:29 PM: Police have finally identified the unarmed man who was shot and killed by LAPD officers: Walter William DeLeon, 48. The LA Times got ahold of DeLeon’s son, who was shocked to learn that his father had been shot by police.
“At first, I thought it was like a random person that did it,” William DeLeon said. “Then I found out it was the cops. I didn’t understand why, because I know my dad wouldn’t do anything to provoke it.”
Latest reports are that DeLeon is still in a coma, having never gained consciousness from the gunshot wound to the head he sustained from the police. He is still in critical condition.
Steve Soboroff, the president of the civilian Police Commission that oversees the LAPD, has already begun making excuses for the officers who shot DeLeon and neglected to render medical aid, instead placing his grievously wounded, unmoving body in handcuffs.
“Try and put yourself in the officers’ shoes. This is about what happened pre-shooting, not after the shooting,” said Soboroff. “Let’s find out the facts, just like every other shooting.”
Police have still not released the names of the officers responsible for killing the unarmed man, who appears to have been trying to wave the officers down for assistance. The officers were reportedly “removed from the field” according to the LA Times. Sources say this means the officer are still collecting a paycheck.
UPDATE @ 6/22/2015 5:22 AM: Police have definitively confirmed that the man shot by the LAPD on Friday was completely unarmed. No weapon was recovered from the scene. Los Angeles Police spokesperson Lt. John Jenal gave the following press statement:
“The officers stopped to investigate and see what was needed. This person then extended their arm, which was wrapped in a towel.”
Two days after the shooting, police have still not identified the man or the police officers responsible for fatally shooting him, although a report from the Guardian says he is believed to be a Hispanic man in his late 40s. No officers have been charged in connection with his death.
LOS FELIZ, Calif. — Police are investigating an incident where police officers appear to handcuff a man whose head they blew apart with gunfire.
According to a spokesperson from the Los Angeles Police Department, an officer stopped a man who allegedly had his arm wrapped in a towel. Police said that as the man drew closer, it appeared to the officer that the man had a gun.
“The officer got out of his vehicle and said ‘Drop the gun, drop the gun,” an LAPD spokesperson reportedly told CBS Los Angeles. Police have not confirmed whether they recovered a weapon from the scene.
A man who says he witnessed the encounter released a video that appears to show officers placing the man in handcuffs. The man posted the video to Twitter.
The video shows police failing to render medical assistance to the critically injured man, and instead rolling him over to reveal a large pool of blood. The police then put the man in handcuffs.
The man was taken to a hospital and said to be in critical condition. Police have not yet released the identity of the man. No police officers were injured.
The disturbing video is available below:
The LAPD shot this guy in the head and then proceeded to cuff him after.. pic.twitter.com/vvzsBaafsu
— 30 Second Injuries (@ThirtySecInjury) June 20, 2015