Update at 12:10 p.m.: LAPD says unreleased video backs police claims
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Monday addressed a pair of fatal police shootings over the weekend, one of which ignited protests for two consecutive nights and was partly captured on video from a nearby business, according to police.
Beck offered more details on the shooting death of 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr. at the press conference.
According to Beck, Snell was sitting in the rear of a blue Nissan Altima with paper license plates Saturday. The paper plates led officers to think the car was stolen and they pursued the vehicle. Snell left the car holding his waistband, according to Beck, and after a foot pursuit, pulled out a gun and held it in his left hand.
Beck said Snell then "turned in the direction" of the pursuing officers, which then led to police opening fire on him. Six shots were fired, and Snell was hit twice, once in the knee and once in the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
No body camera or car video exists for the incident because Metro cops are not yet equipped with the devices, according to Beck. However, Beck said that video from a local business clearly showed Snell holding a gun in his left hand.
That video has not been released.
Beck also noted that Snell did not fire at officers, as the semi-automatic handgun found at the scene was still fully loaded.
Protesters gathered outside LAPD's downtown headquarters, where the press conference was held, and several made their way into the lobby.
Three people were arrested for failure to disperse after officers declared the protest an unlawful assembly, Officer Irma Mota told KPCC.
— KPCC staff
Protesters gather in Los Angeles over fatal police shooting
Protesters took the street for a second night near the shooting of an 18-year-old man by Los Angeles police officers.
A few dozen demonstrators blocked an intersection Sunday night near the South Los Angeles home of Carnell Snell Jr. The rowdy crowd included at least three car drivers doing donuts on the street and several others spray painting graffiti as officers stood by.
The protest came after a vigil for Snell, who police say was shot after he ran from a car that officers tried to stop because they suspected it was stolen. Police also say a gun was found where he died.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the crowd dwindled as the night wore on and police in riot gear eventually swarmed to move about a dozen people away from the area. Police told the paper that four people were arrested.
There were small protests in the same area a night earlier and at the residence of Mayor Eric Garcetti.
In a statement, Garcetti urged everyone to wait for "the completion of a thorough and proper investigation."
— Associated Press