Target: Eric Garcetti, Mayor Los Angeles, California
Goal: Release body camera video of fatal shooting of homeless man.
The LAPD refuses to release video from body cameras worn by officers involved in the fatal shooting of a homeless man. The Los Angeles Police Commission has ruled that the actions taken by officers involved in this incident were “in policy.” Despite the LAPD’s stated intention of wearing these cameras to promote transparency, the refusal to make the video of this incident public leaves many wondering what actually happened.
Eyewitnesses to the shooting state that Charly Keunang may have had his hand near the officer’s gun due to the officer allegedly straddling Mr. Keunang, but that he reportedly made no efforts to reach for it or disarm the officer. Video taken by bystanders, although much further away than the body cameras, seems to show the incident beginning with Officer Volasgis allegedly punching Mr. Keunang and tackling him to the ground where a scuffle ensues.
Demand the LAPD be forced to release the body camera video footage of this incident in compliance with their stated transparency goals.
Dear Mayor Garcetti,
A recent incident where officers allegedly fatally shot a homeless man is raising questions regarding LAPD’s commitment to transparency. Although the civilian body overseeing the department, the Los Angeles Police Commission, has ruled that the actions were “in policy,” they do not ensure that video from the body cameras will be released.
Both eyewitness accounts and video taken by bystanders from further way seem to indicate that Officer Volasgis was in no danger of losing his weapon to 43-yeard-old Charly Keunang. Without seeing the video from police body cameras, it is impossible for the public to trust that officers involved in this shooting acted properly.
We demand that LAPD is forced to release this video footage.
[Your Name Here]
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