LA commission looks for solution to officer-involved shootings increase

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
LA commission looks for solution to officer-involved shootings increase
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The Los Angeles Police Commission calls for study to find solution to increased officer-involved shootings.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The number of officer-involved shootings this year has nearly doubled from last year, according to the Los Angeles Police Commission, which is why officials are looking to take steps to dramatically decrease the use of force.

Last year, there were 23 officer-involved shootings reported. While not even through November this year, there have been 45 officer-involved shootings.

The increase has brought protesters to police commission meetings and to the streets.

"I believe we can work toward vastly reducing the number of use of force incidents through extensive training and modifying our tactics," Los Angeles Police Commission President Matthew Johnson said on Tuesday.

Johnson is asking for a thorough analysis of the past 10 years of shootings and also wants to compare the Los Angeles Police Department's numbers with those of other law enforcement agencies around the country.

The commission president said he'd like to see how the department could use more non-lethal weapons, such as stun guns, and wants to study the use of body cameras on officers.

"Once we have this information, it will be our collective responsibility - the department, this commission and the community - to use it to continue the reform efforts that began with the consent decree and to build the LAPD into the best trained, best equipped, most professional and most respected police organization in America," Johnson said.

ABC7 reached out to Black Lives Matter about Johnson's statement on Tuesday and they said, "We agree that it's alarming and it continues to be alarming. There is already a multi-million dollar budget to do audits of officer involved shootings. We're looking for more from the commission president. We want immediate action. We want to see (LAPD) Chief (Charles) Beck fired."