Security video of a deadly encounter between two LAPD officers and an unarmed homeless man Tuesday night in Venice shows a brief struggle between the officers and the man but does not explain why one officer stepped away and opened fire, says the Los Angeles Times. The recording shows the officer standing up and moving away from the altercation, ultimately standing a few feet away from the man when he fired what appeared to be two shots, the paper said.
Sources said there was no audio on the recording but said there was no visible physical action by the man that could explain why the officer shot him. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters Wednesday that he had reviewed the recording and was “very concerned” about the shooting. He said he not seen “the supporting evidence” and “extraordinary circumstances” that would justify a cop shooting an unarmed person. Beck’s remarks were criticized as “completely irresponsible” by a local police union president.