US Advocates sue LAPD over protest tactics, alleging disabled homeless man was shot in face with rubber bullets

05:30  06 june  2020
05:30  06 june  2020 Source:   latimes.com

Journalists at times targeted by police during protests in Detroit

  Journalists at times targeted by police during protests in Detroit There were multiple incidents of officers confronting Free Press reporters and photographers amid the often chaotic times Saturday night.While Reindl had moved away from the prime area of confrontation between Detroit officers and protesters, the officer made a point of following him. Reindl later posted on Twitter the moment he was sprayed and received calls of apology from DPD public information officer Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood and Mayor Duggan’s chief of staff Alexis Wiley. Reindl declined medical treatment and is fine.

Police officers do not have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" while preforming their public duties. If an officer says it's illegal to record him, that officer is lying to try and trick you into shutting off Yeah an unarmed homeless man on a wheelchair minding his own business scared them in their fancy suits.

Dale Murphy says that police in Denver shot his son in the face with a rubber bullet as he protested peacefully over the death of George Floyd. “Luckily, his eye was saved due to a kind stranger that was handing out goggles to protestors shortly before the shooting and another kind stranger that

A coalition of criminal justice activists and homeless advocates filed a lawsuit against the city over how Los Angeles police have handled protests following the death of George Floyd, accusing officers of shooting a homeless man in the eye with rubber bullets and holding people for upward of 12 hours for simple curfew violations.

a group of people in uniform standing in front of a crowd: Los Angeles police officers arrive to arrests protesters for curfew violations after a day of peaceful rally sparked by the death of George Floyd. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) © (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times) Los Angeles police officers arrive to arrests protesters for curfew violations after a day of peaceful rally sparked by the death of George Floyd. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The suit — filed late Friday by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, Black Lives Matter and Los Angeles Community Action Network — accused the L.A. Police Department of violating many protesters' right to assemble and using excessive force.

Halsey Says She Was 'Shot, Gassed and Antagonized' by Police During Weekend Protest

  Halsey Says She Was 'Shot, Gassed and Antagonized' by Police During Weekend Protest Halsey participated in protests in Los Angeles and Santa Monica over the weekend Joined by ex-boyfriend Yungblud, the "Without Me" singer, 25, first attended the Black Lives Matter rally in West Hollywood on Saturday, where she said that police shot at them with rubber bullets. "fired rubber bullets at us. we did not breach the line. hands were up. unmoving. and they gassed and fired," she wrote on Twitter alongside four photos of police officers holding what appears to be the guns holding the rubber bullets.Later, Halsey clarified that she was "not arrested.""Im safe," she tweeted.

Linda Tirado, a photojournalist, was shot with a “less-lethal” round while covering protests in He was still pepper sprayed in the face . Kaitlin Rust was broadcasting on WAVE3 News in Kentucky when Reporter hit in leg with rubber bullet seemingly fired by California police – video. The vast majority of the attacks occurred in the first days of the protests , with over a third concentrated in Minneapolis.

Protests over police violence unveil more police violence. As protests stretch into a second That shooting , he noted, was only the most recent for a department that, despite hiring a new chief The American Civil Liberties Union has responded to police tactics with lawsuits: After journalists were

The complaint also provided new information about an image of a homeless man bleeding from the eye in downtown Los Angeles that had gone viral and been shared by many critical of the department over the last week.

Protests over the death of Floyd, who was killed while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, have led to unrest that Los Angeles has not seen since the 1992 riots sparked by the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the beating Rodney King. While businesses were looted and buildings were damaged and burned in downtown, Van Nuys and the Fairfax District, activists said protests have been largely peaceful and police have focused most of their attention on arresting demonstrators instead of looters.

The LAPD has not completed a full breakdown of arrests during the protests. Department spokesman Josh Rubenstein estimated that about 2,700 people were arrested between May 29 and June 2 during the height of the protests, and booking records suggest the majority of those arrests were for failure to obey a dispersal order or curfew violations.

The department has not provided updated arrest figures since Tuesday. The lawsuit estimated 3% of the 2,700 arrests were for looting or other crimes. Booking records reviewed by The Times earlier this week showed about 150 people had been arrested for looting in Los Angeles during that time frame, approximately 5% of the overall arrest total.

LAPD tactics get more aggressive as arrests soar

  LAPD tactics get more aggressive as arrests soar With Los Angeles under nightly curfews and looting breaking out in neighborhoods across the city and county, arrests have surged into the thousands.Police also have enforced overnight curfews to sweep streets clear in startling, militaristic shows of force, at times without any apparent effort to distinguish between passive bystanders and those engaged in crime.

Reposts over 4 weeks old are permitted. A 16 year old boy was also shot in the head with a rubber bullet here. He was standing on a hill, not even a part of the protest . He was in brain surgery for 7 hours.

In cities all over America, people are afraid of the Police on their streets and in their neighborhoods who beat them, shoot them them and arrest them for walking down the street, leaving their homes, or just standing on their porches. Does anyone think this is what a land of free people looks like??

"Over the past week, while [Black Lives Matter Los Angeles] and its members were engaged in lawful First Amendment activity, the LAPD used force to terminate the protests, including the indiscriminate use of so-called 'less lethal' weapons that caused injury to its members and instilled fear in them that, if they chose to assemble in public spaces to express their opposition to police violence across the nation against black men and women, they would be the subject of such violence and arrest," the suit said.

The suit also accused the LAPD of arresting a number of homeless people for curfew violations even though they "had no place they could go to avoid violating."

The suit contained a gruesome picture of a homeless man in a wheelchair known as "Cincinnati" bleeding from the eye, allegedly after police shot him in the face with rubber bullets. The LAPD has said it uses less-than-lethal foam projectiles, not rubber bullets.

"He pleaded with police not to use force on him before being shot in the face," the suit claims.

Rubenstein confirmed the incident involving the homeless man is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation, as are several other widely circulated clips of alleged police misconduct that have surfaced in recent days. He urged anyone who believed they were the victim of police misconduct to contact Internal Affairs or the Office of the Inspector General, but declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Palmdale Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Allegedly Shooting At LAPD Officers

  Palmdale Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Allegedly Shooting At LAPD Officers A 28-year-old Palmdale man was charged Friday with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at multiple Los Angeles Police Department officers on Sunday. © Provided by CBS Los Angeles According to the LAPD, officers were responding to a radio call in the 400 block of Lincoln Boulevard when they heard gunshots directly behind them. One of the officers said she then felt a pain in her left foot and realized she had suffered an injury from ricochet. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Los Angeles police union asks public to 'reserve judgment' over shooting death. Police officers shot and killed a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday in a Five officers grappled on a pavement with a man known as Africa before shooting him five times in front of horrified onlookers.

Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department are depicted during a march over the death of George Floyd. That psychologically combined with inadequate weapon training programs, beyond what’s taught in police academies, make rubber bullets potentially serious weapons, says Coursen.

Earlier this week, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the department needed to show more force in response to attacks on police officers and reports of looting in various parts of the city. At least 27 officers have been injured in the last week while responding to protests or looting, including one officer who was hospitalized with a fractured skull.

But in recent days, the LAPD has been criticized for its response to the demonstrations. Two City Council members and the president of the civilian Police Commission, former federal prosecutor Eileen Decker, have called for a review.

On Friday, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) also called on the commission to investigate the department's response to protests and looting in the Fairfax District last week.

Late Friday, Mayor Eric Garcetti said some of the police tactics seen in the last week had "no place in the City of Angels."

Times staff writer Cindy Chang contributed to this report.

LAPD violence against George Floyd protests erodes a decade of reforms .
A decade ago, LAPD won praise for its handling of protests. What happened?As annual immigrant rights demonstrations wound down, marchers gathered at MacArthur Park. When a small group of agitators threw bottles and other objects, disorganized police responded with shocking force on the entire crowd. Officers in riot gear swept through the park, firing hard projectiles and beating people. The ruthlessness — televised live — left nearly 250 protesters injured. The city was outraged.

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