At Tuesday’s meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission, the Los Angeles Police Department said it wanted to test the use of drones in a one-year pilot program. The announcement was met with immediate resistance from a group of activists who gathered to denounce the use of any drones by the department.
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has got to go.
Although the Los Angeles Police Commission found fault with the way LAPD Officers Samuel Briggs and Antonio McNeely handled themselves in the shooting of Norma Guzman, the prosecutors will not be filing criminal charges against the two officers.
This is disgraceful.
A memo from the district attorney’s office that was made public Wednesday outlines the facts of the case and concludes that Police Officers Samuel Briggs and Antonio McNeely had reason to fear for their lives and “acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others.”
The 45-second clip, which LAPD posted to its YouTube channel, shows a suspect reported to be Carnell Snell Jr in a shopping center. The young man paces back and forth in front of shops before crouching down behind an SUV. An object believed to be a handgun is removed from his waistband. The young man hesitates, then puts the item back in his waistband and runs along the walkway in front of the shops in the center before turning down a path out of view of the cameras. A few seconds later, an officer can be seen following him on foot.
It is the job of the journalist to be the watchdog for society. They are here to call out the wrongs and point out the rights. You learn this in any Journalism 101 or Media Studies/Mass Communication 101 class.
On Wednesday June 18, I was crossing Flower Street heading east at 6th Street during my lunch hour. I was walking in the crosswalk, with the signal, when a vehicle heading east on 6th Street in the outside lane failed to yield at the light when making a right-hand turn. The car came to a quick stop in the crosswalk, startling me and I stopped walking to look at the driver, expecting to see an acknowledgement or nod of apology for nearly hitting me. Instead the driver laid on the horn, long and loud.Confused, I looked at the crosswalk signal which was still a clear walk signal, not even counting down, with other people around me continuing to cross the street. I pointed to the signal and held my hands up in a “I don’t understand” signal to the driver. He then proceeded to roll down his window and lean his head out, yelling expletives which—in summary—demanded I get out of the street. I had my cellphone in hand so I held it up to snap a photo of him and his license plate. Upon seeing this he hit the gas, swerved, pealing out as he continued down Flower Street. He missed hitting me and other pedestrians in the crosswalk by only a few inches.
As a daily Metro user and pedestrian, these types of situations bother me to no end. I will often yell at my dad when I’m riding in the car with him, because he has often pulled all the way into the crosswalk at intersections. If you can write jaywalking tickets, you can ticket drivers who do not allow pedestrians the right of way.