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LAPD Shooting of Unarmed Man Was Justified, Police Commission Finds

April 19, 2016  | 

The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday found that officers were justified in shooting an unarmed man in Los Feliz last summer who had a towel wrapped around one of his hands, reports the Los Angeles Times.

A report released Tuesday revealed new details about the high-profile case. Minutes before he was shot and gravely wounded, Walter William DeLeon told a witness to call 911 and tell the operator he had a gun, the report said.

DeLeon, a father of two, was struck in the head and permanently injured.

According to a report Chief Charlie Beck submitted to the commission, a witness called 911 two minutes before officers saw DeLeon walking toward their patrol car, which was stopped in traffic along busy Los Feliz Boulevard.

The caller told a California Highway Patrol dispatcher that a man, later identified as DeLeon, "just walked by me and said, 'Call 911. Let them know I'm walking down the street, and I have a gun in my hand,'" according to the report.

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Lou @ 4/19/2016 4:32 PM

Yeah, they decided to just stop him for no reason. Out of all the people out that day, he was the chosen one. I imagine Beck would not have brought out the 911 call if it wasn't the reason the officers stopped the man. Otherwise, the police comision would not have made it in policy. Why don't you try trading places with those officers and see if you could do better. It's always easier to judge when you have time, 20/20, and are sitting in your comfortable safe couch at home.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/19/2016 8:33 PM

Percy, if a guy has a gun, he is a deadly threat whether the gun is covered with a towel or not. You can fire a bullet through a towel. A towel is made of cloth, not stell.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/19/2016 9:26 PM

The LAPD Officers involved had reason to believe that the guy was holding a gun under the towel. Because of that fact, he was a deadly threat. Leonard, over a hundred words of sarcasm do nothing to prove your point.

ca cop @ 4/20/2016 2:36 AM

Percy, I really think you need to come out on a ride along. It might give you a very different perspective on Law enforcement services and demonstrate that 99.9% of cops work very hard to protect the lives, rights, and property of all.....even at great risk to themselves. If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, and aren't a convicted felon or wanted, you should post a temp email address where I can send you some info.

Jack T @ 4/20/2016 6:08 AM

These internet keyboard cowboy cowards can flap their gums and their fingers all day long. Bottom line is this: You act like you have a gun and intentionally take actions designed to make me think you're armed, I'm going to take it at face value. Because the bottom line is, when it all boils down, I value my life and don't want to leave it to the whims of a deranged idiot. So be it. There is nothing legally or morally wrong with that. This idiotic notion that cops should subjugate their survival instincts out of some ridiculous standard that all lives should be preserved at any cost just doesn't wash. Bad sarcasm and ill-informed, cowardly trolls be damned. I'd have shot the guy, too. It's easy to say what somebody else should have done when you aren't the one facing the threat, especially if you're somebody who knows you'll NEVER be the one putting your money where your mouth is.

PoPo @ 4/20/2016 10:12 AM

Percy, Robert please go the article "Georgia Officers' Kindness Helps Grieving Mother After Baby's Death" and feel free to comment. Also feel free to add the random act of kindness you did today.

Percy @ 4/20/2016 12:57 PM

"When I look, we're all on the ground and all you can see is blood. Everywhere. You can hear everybody hollering, moaning, everybody been shot and in pain."
"My right arm was on the ground lying next to me. The only thing that was attached to it was a piece of skin. It had been shot off."

All of the shootings courtesy of local le

Two people died in the Sept. 4, 2005, shooting: James Brissette, 17, and Ronald Madison, 40. Four other people were left seriously wounded. They had been part of a group of people trying to cross the Danziger Bridge to get help during the catastrophic days that followed the arrival of Hurricane Katrina.

ca cop
thanks for the offer but I won't ever come to the US again, and no I'm not a felon.

Jack T
What actions do you suppose the deceased gave here especially the 1 shot in the back with a shotgun? What threat do you feel he posed and would you have shot him as well?
Makes me kind of wonder just who the deranged idiot is.

Percy @ 4/20/2016 2:00 PM

if the above comment doesn't seem to make much sense it is because the moderator axed the 1st 2 parts.

kevCopAz @ 4/20/2016 2:37 PM

Its high time that the "moderator" just stop Percy posting altogether. He has obvious bias, is anti-cop and lacks any education in the profession and in essence has zero common sense. He is nothing but a both to those of us who take this publication seriously and hope comments help people to understand what a cop goes through and to give advice to other cops about Law Enforcement in general.

Leonard @ 4/21/2016 8:30 AM

Seems like the moderators only want to see comments that praise the actions of our police. Are you afraid of debate? Criticism is now considered trolling?

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