Women Shot at By LAPD Cops During Dorner Manhunt Don't Have a New Truck Yet
The Los Angeles Police Department called the shooting aimed at two Hispanic newspaper delivery women in a pickup truck during the hunt for fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner a case of "mistaken identity," and pledged to make things right for the injured ladies. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck promised them a new truck...but they haven't been given one yet, and getting them the new vehicle has been a bumpy ride.
The blue Toyota pickup truck occupied by 71-year-old Emma Hernandez, and her 47-year-old daughter Margie Carranza was spotted by officers from the LAPD's Hollywood Division the morning of February 7. The police were on protective detail on a residential street in Torrance, there to ensure the safety of an individual named in Dorner's "manifesto" against the LAPD, when they saw the vehicle slowly moving down the street with the lights off.
The officers opened fire on the truck, striking Hernandez and Carranza. The truck was riddled with bullet holes, the women both injured.
It was an ugly misstep for the LAPD, and Beck "promised to provide a truck from a donor regardless of potential litigation by the women," explains L.A. Now.
A month later, the women don't have a new truck, and they aren't exactly pleased with how much getting a replacement truck will cost them.
Glen Jonas, an attorney for the women says the truck on offer from the LAPD comes with pricy strings, namely that the women will need to pay taxes on the vehicle because it will be classified as a "prize."
Jonas says the LAPD first offered the women a used truck. Then they were offered a "non-four-wheel-drive Ford to replace their four-wheel-drive Toyota." Other conditions include having to agree not to sell the vehicle for a year. Then came the news they'd have to pay the taxes--a bit harder because the women have been unable to work for over a month now.
The LAPD's Commander Andrew Smith says they are "trying to work it out" with the dealership, the police, and the women. Smith says they were willing to cover the cost of the vehicle, including taxes and fees, but the dealership "has advised that the vehicle must be legally declared for tax purposes."
The shooting remains under investigation, and the seven officers involved are now on desk duty.