Los Angeles: Police shot dead a homeless man while trying to evict him from hist tent. The victim was known by his nickname “Africa” and was living on the street for five months. Witnesses said that Africa was having an argument with another homeless person in his tent when the group of police officers arrived.
Police asked him to step out of a tent and when he refused, they dragged him out. Thanks to LA resident Anthony Blackburn, this incident was caught on a camera, with perfect sound. After the homeless was dragged out of his tent, he was tasered. Although police tasered him, the poor Africa struggled and stayed on his feet.
After that, you can hear on the video footage several gun shots. The witnesses notes that the deadly force wasn’t necessary and that there is no justification for taking someones life. Other the five gunshots you can see another homeless woman on the video that tried to help.
Yet, officers held her while they were pumping bullets in Africa. The actual justification of the cops is that homeless Africa was trying to reach the weapon from a police officer. The investigators didn’t established was he really reaching for a gun, was the deadly force necessary.
Also, the body of the victim wasn’t formally identified yet. It is important to note that the residents of Downtown LA characterized this man as a non-violent person.