Man in body armor fatally shot by LAPD after backing into police car, confronting officers

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HOLLYWOOD, CA – Police officials have released limited details regarding a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened on April 24th which reportedly involved a suspect who was wearing full body armor after initiating a seemingly unprovoked violent confrontation.

Los Angeles Police Department officials say that the shooting incident transpired at around 2:30 p.m. on April 24th on Sunset Boulevard near Fairfax Avenue.

Police were reportedly responding to an unrelated call when a male suspect in a vehicle had cut off an LAPD patrol unit, “suddenly stopped” in front of the police unit, and allegedly backed into the police car.

According to police, the male suspect then exited the vehicle while concealing one of his hands behind his back, while adorned in body armor.

LAPD detective Meghan Aguiar stated the following then occurred:

“The officers gave him commands, which he did not follow, and he started counting down, saying 3..2..1. He started to pull his right hand from behind his back out to the front and at that time, there was an officer involved shooting.”

The male suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene following the shooting. Authorities have not identified the individual from the incident.

The male suspect’s car was reportedly covered in writing that bore some religious references.

Detectives are said to be working on obtaining a search warrant to review the interior of the suspect’s vehicle in order to gather more evidence and understand a possible motive.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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In other matters related to policing in Los Angeles, Law Enforcement Today recently reported the LA mayor’s new approach to certain calls traditionally handled by police that he envisions seeing tended to by administering “therapy” by way of the “Justice Budget”. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA- Remember the “American Rescue Plan?” The program that was supposed to “help those impacted by the coronavirus?”

The program that in fact also gave hundreds of millions to cities such as Los Angeles and New York to in fact bail out their public employee pension programs, in the name of “coronavirus” impact?

Yeah, good times.

Now we are seeing exactly what is being done with that cash and what we see is cities spending their way back into economic oblivion by funding social justice and liberal initiatives, as was announced on Monday by hapless Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as reported by Breitbart News.

In his “State of the City” speech, Garcetti outlined a new program which will use “therapy” instead of policing to respond to what he referred to as “nonviolent” emergencies.”

Under a so-called “Justice Budget,” fueled by taxpayer funds including from fiscally responsible red states, Garcetti told California taxpayers that money would be spent on a boatload of “progressive” new programs, some of which involve public safety.

While Garcetti claims he is opposed to suggestions advocating “abolish [ing] the police,” he said that the “burden” of some police work should be handled by other programs:

“We have lived for far too long in an America that outsourced the work of public safety only to a few, instead of embracing it as the work of all of us. While much of that work is heroic, too often it is tragic as well.”

Garcetti and his minions have come up with catchy little names for some of the programs. One, called “Therapeutic Unarmed Response for Neighborhoods,” acronym TURN [see what he did there?] was described as follows:

“It’s a time to recognize wrongs and set them right.

“By giving up some power and admitting some errors, we can foster genuine safety from street to school to park to home.

“When situations don’t need guns, let’s not send guns.

“So this justice budget funds a new approach we’re calling TURN: Therapeutic Unarmed Response for Neighborhoods.

“That includes a nation-leading partnerships with L.A. County starting next month to send clinicians instead of cops to respond to non-violent mental health emergencies through 911, 24-7. The goal: real results for Angelenos suffering from mental health challenges that too often go untreated.”

What other brilliant ideas is Garcetti proposing? Sending unarmed civilians to deal with gang violence. Seriously, what could possibly go wrong?

“The Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program, or GRYD, is made up of contracted community intervention workers, often who have lived the experience of gang life but who have turned their wounds into the power to heal.

“They mentor young people.

“They heal trauma.

“They stop violence before it starts.

“Year after year, I have deepened our investments in violence intervention and prevention.

“Over the last year especially, I heard the voices of advocates saying that we need more peacemakers in our streets…that we need to empower them…and that we need to pay them more.

“So we’re going to ramp up their numbers, expand their footprint, increase their pay, and treat them like the professionals they are.

“GRYD’s budget will increase by a third to $33 million…an expansion that adds a corps of 80 new peace ambassadors planting seeds of reconciliation, calm and unity.”

By the way, that works out to in excess of $137,000 per “ambassador.” Not a bad year’s pay.

Conversely, Garcetti didn’t mention adding any additional funding to the Los Angeles Police Department, which he decimated with a $150 million cut to their budget last year.

That was of course in response to George Floyd dying of a drug overdose in Minneapolis last May, an incident that was blamed on a MPD officer. The money was then redirected to “communities of color.”

Garcetti’s move comes as Los Angeles County, which is a separate governing entity, cut its gang and narcotics units in half under far-left new-Marxist radical District Attorney George Gascon, a George Soros-funded hack who is in the midst of a radical overhaul of criminal justice policies in that county.

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