ANOTHER unarmed man has been gunned down by police. This time it was a homeless man in LA county.
According to Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts of the LA Times, A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an unarmed homeless man Tuesday night in Castaic after deputies tried to stop and question the man, authorities said.
Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Mendoza said the victim was 51 year old William Bowers. He was riding a bicycle when deputies tried to stop him even though he was doing nothing specifically wrong. Bowers got off the bike and fled on foot from his assailants when a deputy opened fire, hitting him once in the upper torso. Bowers died at the scene of the crime.
“We don’t know why the deputy did what he did at this point because he has yet to be interviewed,” Mendoza told The Times. “No weapons were recovered at the shooting scene.”
The LATimes states, “Detectives, however, have interviewed several witnesses and most said Bowers had his hands near his waistband, according to Mendoza. Movement toward a waistband is often cited by police officers as a sign that person is reaching for a gun.”
“We have a witness who says the man’s arms were at his sides. We have other witnesses who say his hands were in front of his waistband,” Mendoza said. “The deputy had the best view.”
Deputies initially tried to detain Bowers because they recognized him from previous interactions and knew he was on probation for a narcotics conviction, detectives said.
KTLA-TV Channel 5 reports that a witness said that the man was running from deputies when he was shot.
“He jumped off his bike and started running, and the cop shot him,” the man told the news station.
If you are SICK and TIRED of these cops murdering unarmed people, then do something about it. Get involved in protests, call the police department and let them know what you think! (LA county PD (213) 893-5875).
Contact the DA to let them know! Do something!
(Article by Jeremiah Jones)