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LAPD vs. The Human Shield

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The shooting death of a baby in Los Angeles isn't only a national story , it's global. The AP article keeps gettting picked up by more and more outlets and, thankfully, there hasn't been a knee jerk reaction to blame the police for the outcome of this situation. After a long standoff with three different shootouts and an officer wounded, it is a wonder there isn't more tragedy. We are very curious to read or hear a complete detail of the standoff and find out how many shots were fired, who ordered the shot and why and how that kind of decision gets made. As The Times notes, shooting in a hostage situation isn't unheard of -- there was one last year -- but having someone other than the perpetrator falling to a police man's bullet is. How this situation degenerated to that fatal end should prove fascinating.