‘Unarmed victim’? LAPD released body camera footage showing officer shoot knife-wielding attacker

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Police Department recently released body-worn camera footage from an officer-involved shooting of a man who had been accused of stabbing a young woman.

On October 2nd, officers with the LAPD were in the area of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue when a young woman, 19 years old, approached them stating that she had been stabbed.

The woman pointed out the man, later identified as Grisha Alaverdyan, and police approached him to investigate and noted that he was still armed with a knife.

According to a tweet from the Los Angeles Police Department:

“Officers gave the suspect commands to drop the knife, which he ignored. The suspect advance towards the officers, several beanbag rounds were deployed and officer-involved shooting occurred.”

'Unarmed victim'? LAPD released body camera footage showing officer shoot knife-wielding attacker

Alaverdyan was struck by the rounds that were fired by the officers who were attempting to defend themselves from the deadly threat the suspect posed.

Officers provided first aid and Alaverdyan was transported to a local hospital for what was reported as non-life-threatening injuries.

ABC7 spoke to people who were in the area at the time of the officer-involved shooting. One person, Frank Dickerson, told reporters:

“The first thing I noticed was the cop cars pulling in very quickly to that corner. They got out, had weapons drawn, and then it was all real quick, like within a matter of a minute…the shots were fired.”

Police investigators advised the victim did not suffer any apparent life-threatening injuries and reported that the attack was random.

Police have also not been able to identify any reason why Alaverdyan attacked the woman or the officers. LAPD Sergeant Bruce Borihahn said:

“It’s a random attack. Unfortunately, it happened, but thankfully the officers were there to address that problem immediately.”

The Los Angeles Police Department released the body-worn camera footage of the incident for public transparency. The video starts with someone pointing out Alaverdyan to officers as they rush toward him.

In the video, officers order Alaverdyan to come toward them and show them his hands. Alaverdyan says:

“Fuck you.”

At this point, the officer identifies that he sees the knife in Alaverdyan’s hand and calls for backup units.

The encounter remains somewhat calm other than Alaverdyan calling the officer names. After several repeated commands and requests for him to drop the knife, he refuses.

'Unarmed victim'? LAPD released body camera footage showing officer shoot knife-wielding attacker

Alaverdyan begins laughing and thrusting his hips as officers level a less-lethal shotgun in his direction. After warnings are given, Alaverdyan begins approaching officers which caused them to fire the bean bag rounds, and an officer fires his department weapon and he continued to approach officers.

Officers moved in and took Alaverdyan into custody without any further incident. An officer is seen locating the knife on camera. The Los Angeles Police Department charged Alaverdyan with one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of brandishing a weapon.

The officers who were involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation which is normal protocol for these situations. If the officers are cleared of any wrongdoing, they will be able to return to full duty.

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Far-left San Francisco DA files homicides charges against officer who shot man who was attacking cops

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Controversial San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced murder charges against an officer who shot a man on a noise complaint in 2017.

Boudin alleges that the officer should have de-escalated the situation instead of resorting to deadly force.

Boudin announced manslaughter charges against San Francisco Police Officer Kenneth Cha during the first week in November from the incident which occurred on January 6th of 2017.

The reason the charges were significantly delayed was due to the suspect in the case, Sean Moore, did not die from injuries he allegedly received from the shooting until last year. 

 

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office released information regarding the cause of death determined by the autopsy. In part, it read:

“The gunshots lacerated Mr. Moore’s liver and struck his right colon, scarring internal organs and causing severe abdominal adhesions.

Mr. Moor died on January 20, 2020; the coroner’s report indicated the cause of death was homicide and that he died from Acute Intestinal Obstruction as a result of the bullet wounds.”

In a statement regarding the charging of Ofc. Cha, Boudin said:

“We rely on officers to follow their training and to deescalate situations; instead, in just eight minutes, Officer Cha elevated a nonviolence encounter to one that took Sean Moore’s life.

Sean Moore was unarmed and at his own home when Officer Cha shot him twice. After a thorough investigation, my office is holding Officer Cha accountable for the death of Dean Moore, whom he lacked a lawful basis to even arrest.

 

“When officers inflict unwarranted violence in flagrant disregard of their training, it denigrates the hard work of other police officers and shatters the trust our community places in law enforcement. Rebuilding that trust requires us to hold those officers who inflict unlawful violence accountable.”

 

Ofc. Cha’s attorney, Scott Burrell, released a statement countering the statement from Boudin. He said:

“District Attorney Chesa Boudin’s decision to file charges against Officer Kenneth Cha is surprising and disappointing. Since 2017, both District Attorney Boudin’s administration, as well as the prior administration, declined to file charge against Officer Cha on these very same facts.

The only new “fact” is that Boudin is now facing a recall election. Further, Boudin’s attempts to explain his decision to file charges fall flat.

“In 2017, the District Attorney’s office filed felony charges against Sean Moore for the violent assault on Officer Cha and his partner, and Moore was held to answer on those charges in the Superior Court.

Now, over five years later, Boudin argues that Moore did nothing wrong, and Officer Cha committed a crime. The facts of his case have never changed. Officer Cha lawfully shot his firearm while defending himself and his partner against a dangerous and violent assault. Only naked politics are at play here.”

Beyond the disapproving comments from Cha’s attorney, the San Francisco Police Officers Association President Tonya Montoya weighed in. Montoya said:

“Officers responded to a call for service and encountered the very hostile Sean Moore who was accused of violating a restraining order.

We support Officer Cha’s constitutionally protected right to present his defense against these charges that stemmed from this extremely volatile incident that an autopsy concluded took Mr. Moore’s life while he was serving time in prison on another matter.”

The original incident unfolded in 2017 when officers were called to Moore’s apartment complex over a noise complaint around 4 am which allegedly violated a restraining order. As officers arrived they made contact with Moore who police allege was immediately confrontational with them.

In the body worn camera of one of the officers, at some point while they are trying to speak to Moore, you can see where he attempts to kick one of the officers while he is shouting for the officers to get off his stairs.

Once this happens, pepper spray is deployed and the officers retreat to the bottom of the stairs while Moore goes inside his apartment. 

A short time later, Moore is seen exited again and appears to be agitated and has something black in his left hand which is noted by the officers.

Moore starts to walk down the stairs and bends down to pick up something that is white that he had previously thrown onto the stairs. At this point, officers again retreat to the bottom of the stairs while ordering Moore to go to the ground as it is clear they were intending to arrest him.

Far-left San Francisco DA files homicides charges against officer who shot man who was attacking cops 

After several orders were given for Moore to go to the ground and he refused, officers rushed up the top of the stairs in an apparent attempt to take him into custody.

As they approach Moore, he begins retreating up the stairs and stops at his front door. Officers approach him while still ordering him on the ground which he refuses.

Officers then utilized an Asp (impact weapon) and struck Moore on the side of the thigh which is taught during defensive tactics.

Moore does not go to the ground and instead continues standing but now faces the officers who begin retreating back down the stairs.

Moore is then seen kicking towards the officers with his right foot while standing facing the officers, it is at this point, while the officers are retreating, that shots were fired by Officer Cha.

Far-left San Francisco DA files homicides charges against officer who shot man who was attacking cops

Some who have viewed the body-worn camera that officers were wearing at the time of the incident allege that Moore was trying to retreat into his apartment as opposed to attacking officers when he was shot.

Others, like Yoel Haile from the Criminal Justice Program arm of the ACLU in Northern California, seemingly paint the picture of systemic racism. Haile said:

“The shooting of Sean Moore, an unarmed black man, by San Francisco police is yet another example of unlawful use of deadly force that, according to the Marin County’s coroner’s office, led to Mr. Moore’s untimely death.”

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