8 L.A. officers won’t be punished for firing 103 times on two unarmed women

8 L.A. officers won’t be punished for firing 103 times on two unarmed women

 

LOS ANGELES, CA– Some may remember the harrowing case of cop-killer Christopher Dorner. Last year the former cop went on a rampage in California, sending people into a heightened state of vigilance. Yet the actions taken by eight LAPD officers stray from vigilance into excessive use of deadly force.

While guarding a high-ranking officer they feared was on Dorner’s hit list, the officers happened upon two women who were delivering newspapers in a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The officers apparently mistook the truck for Dorner’s, even though he drove a charcoal Nissan Titan pickup truck.

With no warning, the eight officers unleashed a hail of bullets, firing 103 times at the truck carrying Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother Emma Hernandez. Carranza, then 47, was cut by flying glass, her mother was shot in the back. Miraculously, both women survived.

None of officers will be fired, or even suspended for failing to identify themselves as police or to ensure the car was indeed Dorner’s before opening fire. They will only be required to take a little more training.

The Commission, after its investigation earlier this month, stated the officers were not at serious fault, even though they violated the Los Angeles Police Department’s policy.

Chief Charlie Beck insisted that this shooting was simply the result of “a tragic cascade of circumstances that led to an inaccurate conclusion by the officers.”

This conclusion is absurd. Police should be held accountable for firing on two innocent and unarmed women, and their incompetence should be outed rather than dismissed as a “tragic cascade of circumstances.”

Citing the tense atmosphere Dorner’s tirade had created as just cause for the shooting withers under scrutiny. Police are supposed to be able to deal with these increased pressures through the course of their training, but as is increasingly the case, officers often shoot first and ask questions later regardless of the circumstances.

The mother and daughter, though traumatized, received a settlement from the LAPD for $4.2 million dollars.

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  • Shane Henrik Lamminparras
    February 18, 2014, 3:29 pm

    At least they got paid. But they should all be fired on top of that. Fucking morons.

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  • Shane Henrik Lamminparras
    February 18, 2014, 8:29 pm

    At least they got paid. But they should all be fired on top of that. Fucking morons.

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  • James Hunter
    February 18, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Police are held to a higher standard than an ordinary citizen, the testing and psychological evaluations should have weeded out these particular officers..
    Maybe a sad commentary on their training and procedures.
    More training and no duty in the field.
    Put them all on school crossings and traffic.

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  • James Hunter
    February 18, 2014, 8:37 pm

    Police are held to a higher standard than an ordinary citizen, the testing and psychological evaluations should have weeded out these particular officers..
    Maybe a sad commentary on their training and procedures.
    More training and no duty in the field.
    Put them all on school crossings and traffic.

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  • Brakechute@Shane Henrik Lamminparras
    February 18, 2014, 3:48 pm

    Yeah, they got paid, by the taxpayers. Unless I misread something, only 8 specific taxpayers (I assume they are taxpayers anyway) were responsible yet the rest are footing the bill. Maybe the officers involved got a stern talking to, and that hurt their feelings, so it was punishment enough.

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