Los Angeles police officers dressed in riot gear took to the streets Sunday night after the fatal shooting of 18-year old Carnell “CJ” Snell, Jr. on Saturday, who was the third black man shot by police in Southern California in just five days.
Another man was shot by LAPD in the same area on Sunday, raising that total to four in six days.
The other shooting deaths took place in Pasadena and in El Cajon last week, cities in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties, which drew several protests.
According to ABC7, the shooting on Saturday took place after LAPD cops observed a car with paper license plates that “failed to yield” and assumed it was stolen.
A chase ensued.
Snell and another man reportedly exited the vehicle and ran in different directions
According to an LAPD press release, officers focused on Snell and chased him to the back of a home in a neighborhood close to where he lived and shot him up to five times according to some reports.
LAPD claimed Snell was armed with a gun that they recovered “at the scene” when they shot him in the back five times.
However, witnesses say that’s a lie and that the gun was dumped by one of the men before cops shot Snell.
LAPD still hasn’t confirmed if the car was stolen.
Hours after the news of Snell’s death broke, protestors began organizing protests near 106th St. and Western Avenue where the shooting death occurred.
CBSLA’s Erica Nochlin tweeted that LAPD cops dressed in riot gear told protestors, “you have three minutes to clear this area or you’re subject to arrest.”
By 11 p.m., four people were subsequently arrested for “suspicion of failure to disperse,” according to LATimes.
Neighbors in the area described rising tensions as police trolled the neighborhood where Snell was killed in patrol cars and hovered overhead in a helicopter.
Protestors also gathered at the residence of Mayor Eric Garcetti, who urged protestors to wait for “the completion of a thorough and proper investigation.”
City workers arrived to clean Mayor Garcetti’s home after it had apparently been egged.
“We don’t want to see a cover-up. We don’t want to see a whitewash,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable
“We have a family that’s grieving. We have a community that’s grieving.”
Neighbors described Snell as a respectful young man who was always dancing.
“Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why why why why?”
The shooting death of Olango sparked five straight days of protest in the streets of the San Diego suburb.
The ACLU released a statement, “there are disturbing reports from a number of witnesses that police officers confiscated cell phones from people who witnessed the shooting.”
Richard Gonsalves–the cop who shot Olango–has been sued twice by fellow female cops, who say he perpetually texted pictures of his genitals and that his “vile” behavior continued after the first lawsuit was settled, which prompted a second.
Gonsalves was never fired.
Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Southern Los Angeles
Details about the victim’s identity have not yet been released.
Cops from LAPD’s gang unit reportedly responded to a call of a man with a gun, but initially didn’t find anyone who matched the description given for the suspect.
As officers began leaving, they observed to men they described as being between the ages of 18-22; one of them matched the description.
Police ended up shooting the man, who later died at the hospital.
The other man was taken into custody. His identity has not yet been released.