To the editor: I learn with curiosity Steve Lopez’s column on one other police taking pictures of a person armed with a knife. These shootings first caught my eye in 1979.
On the time, I used to be in legislation faculty when two Los Angeles Police Division officers shot Eula Love a number of occasions. The 39-year-old Love was holding a steak knife and arguing about why her gasoline was turned off over a $22 invoice.
After studying of those incidents over 40 years, I’ve picked up a few themes. First, officers throughout the nation are permitted to make use of fight fireplace, the place they empty their weapons on the suspect no matter opposing dangers.
Second, police don’t resort to different weapons, akin to bean luggage and even .22-caliber brief bullets, usually sufficient. Every LAPD squad automobile is loaded with particular know-how; is a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun the one choice?
If we agree an answer is required, and we do, my first suggestion is a requirement to rent solely faculty graduates with a level in criminology.
Kevin H. Park, Westlake Village
To the editor: Lopez does a superb job recounting the circumstances of LAPD Officer Toni McBride’s killing of Daniel Hernandez final April. He additionally consists of the opinions of two use-of-force specialists whose conclusions differ on McBride’s potential culpability.
If her preliminary photographs had been inside coverage, the investigation ought to middle on the ultimate two photographs, which occurred when Hernandez was “down in a wounded place.” Interviewing McBride and the opposite officers current would definitely elicit sufficient proof to conclude whether or not she ought to be discovered at fault concerning these closing two photographs.
It has been months since Hernandez’s demise, greater than sufficient time for the LAPD to have accomplished its investigation. The general public is owed a well timed response.
Noel Johnson, Glendale