Demand Probe Into Police Shooting of Crawling Man

Target: Jim McDonnell, Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California

Goal: Investigate the deadly police shooting of African-American man who was reportedly attempting to crawl away from them.

Sheriff deputies unloaded 33 bullets at Nicholas Robertson, an African-American man, allegedly as he was crawling in the opposite direction from them in Lynwood, California recently. Video shows Robertson on his stomach attempting to crawl to safety while the deputies continue to shoot him during the incident. Deputies contend that Robertson was armed and behaving erratically, firing his gun into the air. They allege that they issued a warning, and when Robertson refused to comply, they shot him.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McConnell has released a statement that the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a full investigation into this matter, and we must demand that it does so. Although the facts remain under scrutiny at this time, shooting at a man 33 times while he is trying to crawl away to safety certainly appears to be a grave example of police brutality that resulted in his death. Demand a full probe into this incident.


Dear Sheriff McDonnell,

I am writing to demand a full probe into the shooting death of Nicholas Robertson on Saturday, Dec. 12, in Lynwood, California. I understand that you have released a statement that this matter will be fully investigated, and I cannot encourage you enough to review all evidence in this case with unbiased eyes.

Video of the shooting scene shows your deputies unloading 33 bullets at Robertson, including while he was down on the ground, wounded, and attempting to crawl to safety. One would assume that once he fell, he could no longer pose a threat to your deputies, and their actions strongly suggest brutal police violence against a fatally wounded man.

This type of brutal force cannot go unchecked. Investigate the actions of your officers fully.


[Your Name Here]

Photo: Credit: Chris Yarzab

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