The LAPD has admitted to a lapse of judgment, after the department omitted details regarding a police shooting from press releases. The omitted information dealt with the state of the suspect when critically shot by officers.
The October 12 shooting of Kennedy Garcia came after Garcia allegedly fled police after initially being detained. He was then pulled from under an SUV. Officers saw a shiny metallic object by his hands and shot the handcuffed suspect. It now appears officers mistook the handcuffs for a firearm.
Those details were omitted from official statements about the officer-involved shooting, which are typically vague as to protect investigations that can take months. In this case, an omission isn’t unusual, but the facts that were omitted might raise a few questions.
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