D.A.: Video helps show Gardena police acted lawfully in shooting of unarmed men
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office concluded that officers who shot two unarmed men in June 2013 believed one of them was reaching for a weapon when they opened fire. The DA’s office’s conclusion was based in part on a review of video recordings captured by cameras in the officers’ patrol cars.
But attorneys for the men who sued Gardena disagreed, saying the videos captured by cameras in the police patrol cars show the “cold-blooded shooting of clearly unarmed men.” The city recently agreed to settle the lawsuit for $4.7 million.
Like many law enforcement agencies across the country that use cameras to capture incidents, Gardena has refused to publicly release the videos.
Sources: Los Angeles County district attorney’s office