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Inglewood wants answer to shootings

September 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
After four officer-involved shootings in the past four months, Inglewood community activists are demanding answers.Civil rights leaders are now calling for local and federal probes of the police department's policies on deadly force.

"We're not rushing to judgment, we're not finger-pointing, we're not blaming, but we do want some answers from the police department, the city of Inglewood. We think we deserve it, and we need it because there's such great concern in the community about the level of violence, the number of shootings and coming so close," said Earl Ofari Hutchinson from the L.A. Urban Policy Roundtable.

The Inglewood Police Department released a statement that says it's conducting its own criminal and administrative investigation.

The L.A. County District Attorney's Office is also looking into it.

The department is facing a lawsuit from the father of Kevin Wicks, who was shot in the doorway of his apartment on July 21 by officers responding to a domestic dispute report.

 

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