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LAPD Chief Beck speaks out about October shooting details

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck is shown in this undated file photo.

November 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck is speaking out about accusations the department withheld key information about an officer-involved shooting that left a man wounded.

On Oct. 12, officers detained several men for a graffiti incident near 41st Place and Woodlawn Avenue in South Los Angeles.

A press release states that during a pat down, one man ran away and hid under an SUV. As officers pulled him out, they saw what looked like a metal object in his hands. They thought it was a gun and shot 23-year-old Kennedy Garcia in the lower back.

Omitted from the release was information that Garcia was handcuffed, unarmed and lying face down.

"You always try to draw the line between giving out information that will impact the investigation and the public's right to know," Beck said. "Once in a while, we don't get it right, and in this particular case, I think we could have made that information available."

Beck says the investigation is ongoing.