Civil rights activists alarmed by the fourth officer-involved fatal shooting in Inglewood, Calif., since May called Monday for congressional and local inquiries into the use-of-force policies of the Inglewood Police Department, reports the Los Angeles Times. A day after police fatally shot Eddie Felix Franco, a 56-year-old homeless man who was carrying what appeared to be a gun in his waistband, police and city officials refused to disclose details of the Sunday afternoon confrontation. A man sitting in a nearby car was wounded.
At the police station Monday, Lt. Oscar Serrano said that the department was investigating the incident. He replied “no comment” to all questions, including the condition of the wounded bystander. Leaders from several Los Angeles-area youth and civil rights organizations expressed concern Monday over what they described as the “extremely controversial circumstances” surrounding four shootings by Inglewood officers in as many months. Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, said they have appealed to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives to hold hearings on the use of deadly force by Inglewood officers.