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Times coverage: Family of man killed by L.A. County deputy files claim

September 30, 2009 |  5:53 pm

The family of Darrick Collins, a 36-year old black man who was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, filed a legal claim against the county today, saying the department had a propensity for such shootings, and a change in policy is needed to stop deputies from firing at fleeing people. Collins was shot and killed Sept. 14 as a deputy chased him up his driveway in the Athens area of unincorporated L.A. County.

Read more on L.A. Now: Family of man killed by L.A. County deputy files claim

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finally finally someone puts a complain on these cop killers who are terrorizing our neigborhood. these cop are suppose to protect and serve but seems like their killing and serving tickets.

Unfortunately many people in LA do not realize this: Do not run! When we were kids growing up in LA suburbs 50 years ago all of our friends knew if you run from the Police, especially the Sheriffs, you were going to get a beating, roughed up, so when you got booked the other inmates would say what happened to you? People forget Rodney King was running from the man. I know, I know excessive force. But what does it take, a degree in rocket science? Do not run or weigh your chances. I stole a candy bar and I am going to risk getting shot? The cops are fed up and I do not blame them!

jk... Are you actually serious?? Shellshocked, scary azz cops do not have the right to shoot/kill. They do not have the right to administer "their" brand of justice to fleeing suspects. It's not what they were SWORN IN to do. The L.A. Country Sheriffs Dept. and so called law enforcement all over the country, particulary in the inner cities need a full blown DO OVER!! Quit hiring these scary, racist, in over their head, something to prove indiviuals. A better screening process is OBVIOUSLY needed. Young D was a good friend of mines and he is sorely missed. The heavy handed cowards will have to pay for this one...

Dont run, why put yourself in a no win situation. People have to understand and realize that something bad/deadly is going to happen to you. The only reason people run is because they have something illegal on them, have a warrant or are plain dumb.

he shouldnt have ran then. Im not saying this this was justified but as its said, he was 36yrs old, why was he running. that doesnt make since for a grown man to not have common sense. When those law calls, u obey and cooperate, u dont run. Thats how our society works, thats how officers who put their life on the line everyday keep us safe.

JK you don't have to blame them but at acknowledge that they are to protect and serve not to beat or shot. Like you said a candy bar can get you shot. Think about the irony of that. Your right Joey FINALLY!!

He ran?...Ran?...or he was moving out of the way of an upcomming situation?...The paper and the Sheriff make it seem like he was jus waiting to take off.....This man made it to 36 in South just dont take that lightly...being a black man myself........just to get shot by some scray azzz cops?...Man--have you ever heard of moving quickly to get out of the way?... For all he know...The cops could have been chasing a suspect---as they said they were---and he was just running to safety behind his gate. If saw a man run past you full speed...the you see a cop car hit the corner...your head is awww going down...let me get back in my you turn...and run in to those cops in that car that just hit the corner see you running into YOUR OWN GATE...but they think you are the get behind your gate...and the cops run up to it with the gate closed and start you people who think he was running from the cops----in this situation...was the man running from the cops...or getting out of the way of an up comming police situation?...cus how many times when anythin that is going down in the hood..the police ALWAYS SAY>>>GO IN SIDE OF YOUR HOUSE>>>ITS NOT SAFE>>>...they tell people that all the people seen high speed chases when the the police tell the news people to hurry and get out of the way when you see a fleeing suspect and the police is chasing dont want to be a hostage...or get caught in the cross fire...the man was doing what the police would want him to hurry and get out of the way...but some of you guys are saying...he ran..he shouldnt have ran...the cops are trained to kill you if you run?...he ran to safety and got killed. This is a bad shooting


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