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Chief Overruled: LAPD Killing Of Autistic Man Was Wrong

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The commission that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department has rejected the chief's recommendation and ruled instead that "two police officers were wrong when they fatally shot an unarmed autistic man last year," reports LA Now.

Following the internal investigation, Police Chief Charlie Beck concluded that the officers involved in the incident "made serious tactical mistakes during the brief, late-night encounter, but ultimately were justified in using deadly force against Steven Eugene Washington, 27," reports LA Now.

The commission, notes the LA Times, "almost always follows the chief's recommendations on cases in which officers use serious force." Since becoming chief more than a year ago, the panel has only overruled Beck three times.