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Police Commission Says LAPD Killing of Homeless Man Unjustified

April 12, 2016  | 

A video contradicts a Los Angeles police officer's claim that he fatally shot an unarmed homeless man in Venice last year because the man was grabbing his partner's gun holster, according to police records made public Tuesday.

The recording, taken from a bar security camera, does not show Brendon Glenn's hand "on or near any portion" of the partner's holster, according to a report from LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to the city's Police Commission. The officer's partner told investigators he never felt "any jerking movements" near his gun, the report added.

The commission unanimously sided with Beck on Tuesday, concluding that Officer Clifford Proctor violated department policy when he fatally shot Glenn in the back near the Venice boardwalk. The panel and Beck also faulted Proctor's decision to draw his weapon, along with the tactics he and his partner used leading up to the deadly encounter.

The decision caps an 11-month review of the May 5 shooting, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Comments (13)

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/12/2016 2:59 PM

There's got to be more to this story. I don't believe Officer Proctor murdered that bum. I don't care what the video supposedly does or doesn't show, would he just shoot the guy for the fun of it??? I believe he had or believed he had a very good reason for killing the bum. And I don't trust Chief Beck either. He's too mixed up in that political correctness junk.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/12/2016 3:27 PM

That's the ticket!!!

Robert @ 4/12/2016 9:30 PM

SES...good to know you classify everyone who isn't in a good position in life as a bum.
I only hope that one day you don't lose your LEO job...and find out how tough the real world is.

A LEO in SC made a tragic mistake and shot a guy about 2 years ago...pled guilty last month, and is in jail.
In the time between the shooting & trial...he was fired; and had to take a low paying job as a part time truck driver. Him and his pregnant wife were caught shoplifting $100 in food a few months later.
This ex-LEO is finding out how the CJ works when the wheels aren't greased.

So SES, is this ex-LEO a 'bum"...just like this guy...or did he make a stupid mistake and then try his best to feed his family, but fell short and committed another crime?

I can honestly say very few people on this board truly disgust me with their lack of decency...but you are one.
My only hope is that as you get older, you change and learn common decency.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/12/2016 9:58 PM

Leonard, I will never conform to your standards of decency. That is final.

Nightstalker @ 4/12/2016 10:01 PM

I agree with you Robert on this one, Not all bums are bad just like bad cops who i met in life which are bums to good cops.

Nightstalker @ 4/12/2016 10:05 PM

Let alone a punk-ass cop which i HATE!!!!!!!!

Percy @ 4/12/2016 10:08 PM

@ Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. says "Leonard, I will never conform to your standards of decency. That is final.

Who is this Leonard entity you speak of?
And you say my posts are incoherent?

mtarte @ 4/12/2016 10:47 PM

Officers make mistakes. In some cases, like this one, it appears Officer Proctor made a deadly mistake that will more likely cost him his job and possibly his freedom. It is unfortunate, but that is why we have reviews like this. Some may not like it, but that is what policing in a Constitutional Republic is about, accountability. And Sheriff Explorer Sergeant, are you a sergeant assigned to the Explorer program or an Explorer who has the rank of Sergeant as an Explorer? If you are an actual LEO, you shouldn't be around Explorers. If you are an Explorer, please refrain from any opinion until you become an LEO and have at least one 5 year hash mark on your sleeve. And for the record, I've been doing LE or teaching it since 1973, so I know a bit about of what I speak.

RG @ 4/13/2016 7:28 AM

A homeless person is a tragedy, not a bum. SES, when a shooting is investigated for nearly a year and the outcome is," The officer was wrong." Then accept it, the officer is wrong. Most cases the outcome is that the shooting was justified. You must accept that every officer will make mistakes in their careers, we are people. Some just make mistakes that are tragic and have dire consequences for the officer. Please don't become so entangled in the thin blue line brotherhood that you are willing to overlook a crime committed by another officer. We work for the public. Our integrity is what earns us respect, not the fact someone took a chance on us and pinned a badge to our chest. Please don't lose your integrity.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/13/2016 8:51 AM

Okay, to me the question is, when Officer Proctor shot the bum, did he believe that his or someone else's life was in danger? If not, then yes he shouldn't have shot the guy.

DJ @ 4/13/2016 9:49 AM

The question should be, "Was Officer Proctor's response objectively reasonable under the circumstances?" That's the standard we are evaluated on in the end.

It appears that whatever Officer Proctor said occurred was not substantiated by his partner or the video, and that in part led to the conclusion that his level of force was unjustified. Unfortunately, with rapidly evolving circumstances, officers don't always make the right decision.

The fact that the man was homeless shouldn't have made a difference one way or the other. Everyone should be treated with decency and respect until they give us reason to treat them otherwise, and even then, professionalism should prevail.

bo2234 @ 4/13/2016 11:22 AM

percy+robert+leonard+SES=objective opinion

Leonard @ 4/13/2016 11:45 AM

In response to @SES. I don't think anyone believes that any officer involved in a shooting is looking to get his rocks off; at least I hope so. Just recognize that errors are made and that every OIS is not justified and many more should be ruled that way. This officer shot that man out of fear, and in my book, fear is not a rational justification to use deadly force. The threat has to be real and in this case, wasn't. Officer need to learn not to pull their weapons until its absolutely warranted.

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