LAPD Releases The Names Of Officers Involved In Skid Row Shooting
The LAPD has released the names of two officers and one sergeant involved in the shooting death of a homeless man named Charly Keunang on Skid Row earlier this month.
The three officers are Officer Francisco Martinez, a 12-year veteran of the force; Officer Daniel Torres, a 6-year-veteran; and Sgt. Chad Syed, an 8-year-veteran. Officials say that none of these officers had ever fired their weapons while on duty in the past, the L.A. Times reports. The three officers are now on administrative duty as the investigation continues.
The March 1 shooting was recorded a bystander who posted the video to Facebook. The video shows several LAPD officers attempting to restrain Keunang, 43. Police say the officers were responding to reports of a fight between two men and had identified Keunang as a suspect. During the struggle, police say Keunang reached for the gun of a rookie officer, whose name has not been released, prompting the three named officers to open fire.
The shooting has led to a number of protests, and a group of Skid Row activists have dedicated artworks to Keunang, a man they knew by his nickname, "Africa."