OK, so now that the details have been cleared up and there’s no more question about what happend let me just recap for a second. Devin Brown, 13, decides it’s a good idea to steal a car and swipes on. Perhaps because he was 13 and didn’t know how to drive a car properly or wasn’t grown enough to actually handle the vehicle he ended up driving a bit erradically. So much so that at almost 4am when LAPD Officer Dana Grant saw him and thought he was drunk and tried to pull him over. Rather than pulling over like he should have, Devin ran into a fence. OK, so at this point the stolen car being driven by a 13 year old is crashed into a fence, and there’s a police car parked behind him. Officer Steve Garcia, Officer Grant’s partner, got out of the patrol car and yelled some commands at the stolen car. Probably something like “get out of the car with your hands on your head” or something like that – I’m just guessing from watching COPS, the reports don’t say exactly. But, rather than getting out, Devin puts the car into reverse and backs up into the police car, and yes he actually hit it. Officer Garcia then fired 10 shots into the car killing the driver, Devin, who once again was 13. So, maybe I’m just jumping to conclutions, but 10 shots into a car to kill a 13 year old seems a bit rough to me. And then there’s this:
“The Times noted that the shooting occurred about a year after LAPD officers killed another fleeing motorist who backed his car toward police at the end of a televised, 90-minute chase near Santa Monica High School.
That shooting prompted Bratton to announce last March that the department should create new rules on when officers can shoot at moving vehicles.
Bratton said such a policy should prohibit officers from shooting “unless the officer or other person are threatened by deadly force, other than the moving vehicle,” according to The Times.”
So more than a year ago it was noted that there was a problem with the policy and it needed to be changed to something more realistic, yet this kind of thing is still allowed to happen? I mean, come on, 10 shots?
UPDATE: OK, this is sketchy but I just heard on KFWB AM 980 that durring a gathering near the scene of the shooting tonight it was announced to the press that there are eye whitnesses and a video tape of the shooting that contradicts the offical police report, and that claim/show that shots were fired into the car while it was stopped against the fence before it was put into reverse and hit the police car. They also said the tape would be handed over to the press shortly. Again, I just heard that on the radio and don’t have any more news other than that.