Terminate Employment of Officers Involved in Misuse of Deadly Force


Target: Police Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department

Goal: Do not allow eight officers to return to work after firing more than 100 rounds into civilian vehicle

Eight officers involved in shooting over 100 rounds at a citizen’s moving car will return to work, according to a recent statement made by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officials. The officers were found to have violated department policy when they shot into a blue car at a daughter and her elderly mother after mistaking their vehicle for that of an escaped fugitive.

Almost a year ago, during the search for ex-police officer and murderer of four, Christopher Dorner, the two women were targeted when police mistook their vehicle for that of the fugitive. The officers opened fire after the sound of a newspaper hitting the ground was thought to be gunfire. Luckily, both women inside the vehicle were only wounded, not killed.

During an inquiry, both the Chief of the LAPD and a civilian review board concluded that the officers violated official policy by opening fire without visual confirmation that the occupants of the car were armed and dangerous. This is grounds for termination, however alternative disciplinary measures such as suspension and retraining were employed instead.

In a statement by Police Chief Charlie Beck, it was revealed that the officers would be returning to their former positions and will continue to work the streets of Southern California in the same capacity they had before the incident.

These two innocent women were very lucky to have escaped the incident with their lives, after over 100 rounds were fired into their vehicle. If they had not been so lucky, it is unlikely that the officers would be returning to their jobs. The inappropriate use of deadly force by law enforcement is a very serious matter, and police departments must take a strict, zero-tolerance stance. Demand that the eight officers in question are relieved from their positions for their dangerous breach of LAPD policy.


Dear Police Chief Charlie Beck,

It was recently announced that eight officers involved in misuse of deadly force will be allowed to return to their previous positions within the police force. The officers collectively fired over 100 shots at a vehicle presumed to be that of Christopher Dorner, a dangerous fugitive. The vehicle belonged instead to two adult females delivering newspapers, which were mistaken for gunfire when they smacked against pavement.

Inquiries by the Chief of Police as well as a civilian review board found that the officers had violated police policy with their use of force against innocent civilian parties. Despite this, which is grounds for termination, the officers will be allowed to return to work.

Though both women in the vehicle survived, these eight officers could have easily killed them with their misuse of deadly force. I ask that they be disallowed to return to their positions as upholders of the law after such a dangerous display of violence against civilians.


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Photo credit: LAPD via Creative Commons

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