It seems police departments like the LAPD and NYPD just can’t seem to stay out of the news. Far too often, these departments come up in stories of brutality against Black people and have been on the receiving end of the ire of protesters demonstrating against their misconduct. The LAPD is the subject here after one of their officers shot and injured a 15-year-old over a toy gun.
On Tuesday, two LAPD officers were patrolling when they spotted a group of teens in an alley. One of the teens was pointing a replica gun at another person, according to reports. The officers demanded that the teen drop the gun. He allegedly didn’t comply and one of the officers opened fire on the group. The teen holding the gun was not hit, but his friend standing next to him was struck.
The officers detained all of the teens, but concluded that they were indeed all friends. They were declared “no animus,” meaning “a crime was committed, the person will not be accountable and he/she will be considered innocent.” This designation is usually made for minors and people with mental illness. However, the individual holding the replica gun may face charges of brandishing a replica weapon in front of a police officer.
The names of the LAPD officers involved are expected to be released after the initial 72-hour briefing of the incident. The department has pulled the officers from the field pending the department’s initial review. There is no report of the injured teen’s condition.