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Whittier police officer shooting: KPCC reporters explain what’s fact, what’s speculation and put it all in context




People gather in Whittier for a vigil for police officer Keith Boyer, who was shot and killed Monday morning after he and another officer tried to pat down a motorist involved in a traffic accident.
People gather in Whittier for a vigil for police officer Keith Boyer, who was shot and killed Monday morning after he and another officer tried to pat down a motorist involved in a traffic accident.
Kyle Stokes

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There’s been a lot of information swirling around out there in the wake of the death of Whittier police officer Keith Boyer, who was killed on Monday morning in a shootout.

The suspect, 26-year-old Michael Mejia, is a known gang member who has previous convictions for violent crime and has been in and out of prison since 2010. Some, like L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and even L.A. County supervisors are questioning whether recent criminal reform measures may have played a role in putting Mejia back on the streets. The L.A. Police Protective League wants a review of how public safety has been impacted by these measures.

KPCC reporters Frank Stoltze and Annie Gilbertson have been covering the shooting and its aftermath, and they’ll sit down with Larry to lay out the facts as we know them and explain what information we’re still waiting to find out.

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Guests:

Frank Stoltze, KPCC correspondent covering crime and public safety

Annie Gilbertson, KPCC investigative reporter