More than 100 protesters gathered on Aug. 31 in response to the shooting death of a Black man by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who say the man dropped a gun, which was aimed at the deputies.
The deputies were not wearing body cameras even though the L.A. County Board of Supervisors set aside nearly $35 million to give body cameras to 5,200 deputies and security officers, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Deputy Brandon Dean of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said the deputies stopped the man because he was on a bicycle in violation of vehicle codes, but did not provide details about the violation, reports KNBC:
Our suspect was holding some items of clothing in his hands, punched one of the officers in the face. Then, dropped the items in his hands. The deputies noticed inside the clothing items that he dropped was a black semi-automatic handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting took place.
A woman, who asked not to be identified, described the shooting:
He dropped the towel, put his hands in the air. The people were saying, “Don’t shoot.” He didn’t have no gun in his hands because when he dropped the towel he put his hands up.