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Mistaken shooting in Dorner manhunt violated policy

A police board and Chief Beck found that the officers who mistakenly opened fire during the Dorner manhunt violated policy.
February 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles Police Commission has agreed with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck that the officers who mistakenly opened fire on two women during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner violated department policy.

The ruling by the civilian oversight board leaves the question of disciplinary measures to Beck.

Last April, the city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, who were injured when police opened fire on their pickup truck. The women were delivering newspapers on Feb. 7, 2013, when LAPD officers guarding the Torrance home of a target named in an online manifesto blasted at least 100 rounds at their pickup.

"I absolutely believe that the officers involved in this shooting were truthful about what they felt, truthful about what they believed that they saw, but I also think that some of the things that they perceived were unreasonable in the application as it goes to a reasonable officer," Beck said.

Glen Jonas, the lawyer for the two women, spoke out Tuesday, saying that despite the multi-million-dollar settlement, his clients still have a lot of healing to do and they are still haunted by that morning.

"Something as simple for you and me, like going to the movie theater, is a problem for Margie," said Jonas. "Just being out in public and being in a position where the police could shoot at her again causes her a lot of stress."

Jonas says he is relieved the police commission found that the eight officers violated department policy.

The officers involved had been assigned to non-field duties pending the internal investigation.

In his rambling manifesto, Dorner had threatened to wage unconventional warfare against LAPD officers and their families, prompting authorities to assign protection for everyone named in the manifesto.


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