Police commission rules officer broke policy in fatal department store shooting

LAPD's civilian panel finds that an officer who fired at a suspect in a Burlington store, and accidentally killed a 14-year-old girl, broke policy when he continued shooting.

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BlankVerse
BlankVerse
38 · 14 days ago · Reddit

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The Los Angeles police officer who inadvertently killed a teenage girl when he shot at an assailant in a North Hollywood department story late last year was justified in firing his weapon once, but was wrong to keep shooting, the city’s Police Commission ruled on Tuesday.

In reaching its conclusion, a divided commission broke with LAPD Chief Michel Moore, who recommended the commission find Officer William Dorsey Jones Jr.'s decision to shoot was unreasonable and violated the LAPD’s policy on deadly force.

The rulings brought an element of closure to an exceptionally tragic episode, in which a bullet fired by Jones inside a Burlington Coat Factory store missed its target and killed 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta, who was hiding in a dressing room with her mother. Valentina’s death led to an outpouring of grief from Los Angeles to her native Chile, and prompted L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to pledge to her mother that the city would deliver “transparency and justice” in piecing together the events that led to her killing.

In a report to the commission summarizing the findings of an extensive internal investigation into the Dec. 23 incident, Moore wrote that he believed another officer in Jones’ shoes would not have thought that deadly force was “proportional, objectively reasonable or necessary.”

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The commission also ruled that the tactics that five officers and a supervising sergeant used while confronting the assailant were improper.

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The decision whether and how to discipline Jones and any of the other officers now rests with Moore.

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IsraeliDonut
IsraeliDonut
22 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Kind of sucks I couldn’t think of which situation it was

I3reezyCarrot
I3reezyCarrot
19 · 14 days ago · Reddit

To all the people who will come in here and go “yeah but what about X” what about learning basic weapon safety rules and getting yourself under control when shit hits the fan? Police officers aren’t paid to do this shit stop excusing it because a guy went off the rails THEY GET PAID TO NOT FUCK UP.

Edit: “if you’re so much better u do it” no. I’m not better that’s why I’m not a cop, but there are a ton that need to realize that they are unfit and need to find a new place to work where they can handle the stress and let competent people who actually give a fuck fill their spot. This really isn’t a hard concept it’s just that they get scared of losing the power they have and they know a ton of people will just find an excuse on their behalf so they don’t quit.

livingfortheliquid
livingfortheliquid
14 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Yeah really? Didn't he have a bike lock as a weapon?

em_902
em_902
5 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Arrest his ass. Melyda Corado was killed in similar manner, and cop murder got away with 0 consequences.

Curleysound
Curleysound
5 · 14 days ago · Reddit

Just drove by there last weekend with my friends and said “Hey, isn’t that where that cop murdered that innocent little girl?” Glad they at least kind of agree with me.