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A screenshot shows the crowd reaction as Long Beach police fired foam launchers on May 31, 2020. LAist reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was hit in the throat by a round police say ricocheted off of something or someone. Courtesy LBPD
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While covering anti-racism protests in Long Beach at the end of May, our reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was hit in the throat by a foam round fired by a city police officer. In an essay, Adolfo reflects on what the experience taught him.

“I believe that examining our stories will help answer this question: how much force should police officers be empowered to use?” he writes. “Police use of force ... breaks the person up physically and psychologically.”

Meanwhile, the Long Beach Police Department provided its side of the story as well. According to Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, two police officers fired so-called “less lethal” projectiles at protesters who they say had thrown bottles towards officers, and Adolfo was “inadvertently hit with a round that ricocheted either off something or somebody.”

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