Activists demand probe in LAPD shooting of ex-football player/model
Some community activists are demanding that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck launch a review of the fatal shooting for a former football player and model by officers in Playa Vista last week.
"Is it always going to be a situation where you're going to use deadly force? Because if so, that's a problem," said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, who heads the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and who attended a vigil at the shooting site Saturday.
The LAPD said the two officers were "fighting for their lives" in the moments before one of them discharged his weapon. Reginald Doucet Jr. was unarmed and naked when he encountered police Friday morning outside his condo.
The president of the police union, Paul M. Weber, said that Doucet fought with police and tried to grab a gun from one of the officers. "In this case, naked or not, when Mr. Doucet tried to take an officer's gun away from him, he set in motion the chain of events that sadly led to his death," Weber said. "An officer who loses his gun to a suspect loses his life."
--Hector Becerra and Tony Barboza
Photo: Erica Berry, a neighborhood resident, visits a memorial at the spot where Reginald Doucet was shot and killed Saturday night in a confrontation with police. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times)