LAPD Chief Charlie Beck on Wednesday addressed the death of an unarmed homeless man fatally shot by an officer following a confrontation near the historic Venice sign, saying the shooting concerned him and an investigation was underway.
Brendon Glenn, 29, was the individual killed by police late Tuesday night, according to a man who runs the Teen Project’s drop-in center for homeless youth in Venice.
Beck said in a Wednesday afternoon news conference that he had reviewed video of the shooting and he did not see evidence that indicated extreme circumstances that could prompt an officer to open fire.
“Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that, and I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances at this point,” Beck said.
The reason this hasn’t blown up in the news yet is because both the officer and the deceased are black, so it only fits Joan Walsh’s narrative at this point.
What Beck is thinking here is beyond comprehension. In the wake of Baltimore, and just a few days after an officer in New York was murdered, why would he make a statement like this? There are well -established police procedures which may very well find fault with the officer, but allow them to proceed. Why stir up anti-cop sentiment when you’re the head cop?
It’s just plain irresponsible for Beck to not have chosen his words more carefully at a time when lives are at risk in large (liberal) cities.
Then again, Beck is a liberal darling on matters of immigration, so he’s probably just doing his part to keep the lefty narrative alive.