March 3, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Anger Dominates Venice Town Hall Meeting In Wake Of Shooting Death:

Anger dominated a town hall meeting at a Venice elementary school Thursday night about the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man near the famed Venice Beach boardwalk.

Shouts of “Murder!” and “Show the tape!” rang out from the standing- room-only crowd at Westminster Avenue Elementary School as Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Bea Girmala spoke.

When one man challenged Girmala to say murder, she responded, “I am not going to say that. The investigation is still ongoing.”

Girmala said the video of the shooting is not being released because “we cannot taint the memories of witnesses.”

One man said one reason for the crowd’s anger is “they’re seeing a lot of deflection.”

Steve Soboroff, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, defended the department’s officers, saying “97 percent of these officers … have never used their guns. (That) shows the kind of restraint.”

With the investigation into Tuesday night’s shooting still in its infancy, no answers about the reasons for the shooting were forthcoming from police and city officials, and then quickly grew restless.

The shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on Windward Avenue just west of Pacific Avenue. The homeless man was black, as is the officer who shot him.

Police said two officers initially responded to a call about a person harassing people on Windward Avenue. They spoke briefly to the suspect, who walked away toward the boardwalk, police said.

The officers returned to their car but then saw the suspect struggling with someone — apparently a bouncer at the Townhouse bar — on the sidewalk. The officers approached and a struggle ensued, ending with the shooting. ABC7 reported that the suspect — identified by friends as 29-year-old Brendon Glenn — was shot twice in the side.

One of the officers involved in the shooting suffered a knee injury, according to the LAPD.

The shooting has sparked outrage from some in the community. A vigil has been growing at the scene of the shooting, and dozens of people marched through the Venice area today demanding answers.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday he was concerned about the shooting, saying it generally takes “extraordinary circumstances” for police to shoot an unarmed person, and the surveillance footage he watched of the shooting didn’t appear to show any such circumstances.

The remark quickly earned Beck a rebuke from Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents LAPD officers. Lally called Beck’s comments “completely irresponsible” and said it is too early to suggest the shooting may have been improper.

“As the final trier of fact in the use-of-force investigation and disciplinary process, the premature decision by the chief essentially renders the investigation process void,” Lally said. “Additionally, by making his opinion public without having all of the facts, he influences the investigation for all parties involved, including his command officers and the public.

“As in the criminal justice system, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. We encourage everyone to reserve judgment until the investigation has run its course, and the facts are collected and assessed,” Lally said.

Beck was on the defensive today, saying on a morning television news show that he had not reached any conclusions about the shooting, and was only describing what he had seen on the surveillance footage.

It is that video that attendees at the community meeting were demanding to see.

Beck stressed that there was still a long way to go in the investigation.

Acquaintances of Glenn told reporters that he had moved to the area from New York and struggled with drugs and alcohol. Glenn had sought shelter and assistance at The Teen Project’s Venice P.A.D. homeless center, according to the center’s Timothy Pardue.

People who knew Glenn told the Los Angeles Times that he was a kind man who constantly told people he loved them. He was known for his “hand hugs — grabbing hold of someones hand before saying goodbye. Glenn treated his black Lab mix, Dozer, like “his baby, one man told the newspaper.

But they acknowledged he also had his struggles, The Times reported.

“He was a drinker. He has a drinking problem,” Allison Holden, 23, who is also homeless, told The Times. “But we all have problems.”

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, called on Beck this morning to authorize a review of the videotape of the shooting by a panel of civil rights leaders “to determine whether (Glenn) posed an imminent threat to the officers.”

“A review of the videotape by a civil rights leaders panel would be a first by a police department and civil rights leaders,” Hutchinson’s statement said. “It would be a bold step by LAPD Chief Beck to fulfill his pledge of complete transparency in the investigation of the slaying.”

Beck said the department is working with the District Attorney’s Office and the LAPD’s independent inspector general to investigate the shooting.

“We will expend all resources to find out the truth of what happened (Tuesday) night on Windward Avenue,” he said.

in News
Related Posts

Santa Monica Teachers Begin Receiving COVID-19 Vaccinations Ahead of Campuses Reopening

March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

SMMUSD partners with Providence St. John’s Health Center to vaccinate certain educators and staff By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica-Malibu Unified...

‘Safe Camping’ at the VA is Open To All Homeless Veterans

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

The “safe camping” program is geared toward getting homeless Veterans off the streets and provides a way to transition from homelessness to...

Santa Monica Police Warn of Thieves Targeting Seniors Near Palisades Park

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Two elderly woman robbed along Ocean Avenue recently By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are investigating two thefts targeting senior...

Santa Monica’s Zero Emissions Delivery Zone Pilot Has Begun: Santa Monica Beat – March, 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica’s Zero Emissions Delivery Zone Pilot Has Begun * City...

Video: Closing Down Westside Oil Field?

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Officials are discussing closing a Westside oil field sitting on hundreds of acres of prime coastal land. Learn more in...

Pico Neighborhood Affordable Housing Project Breaks Ground

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Over 70 units of affordable housing come to area near Woodlawn Cemetery By Sam Catanzaro A 70-unit-plus affordable housing development...

Large Properties Drive-up Santa Monica Home Sales Amid Pandemic

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021

Annual report shows single-family home sales rising By Sam Catanzaro Interest in large properties with five-bedrooms or more helped drive-up...

Santa Monica Police Arrest Parolee for Setting Stolen Car on Fire

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

Alex Omar Aguirre arrested by Santa Monica Police Department By Sam Catanzaro A Santa Monica resident this week watched as...

Video: Closing Streets to Allow for More Outdoor Dining?

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

A drunk driver recently crashed into a Santa Monica outdoor dining area, bringing attention to a proposal that would close...

Dozens of Santa Monica Restaurants to Participate in dineL.A.

February 25, 2021

February 25, 2021

First ‘spring’ season of culinary event to begin first week in March By Kerry Slater Dozens of Santa Monica restaurants...

Video: Free LA Metro Rides Could Begin Soon

February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

LA Metro could begin offering fare-less rides as early as next year as part of a $300+ million program. Learn...

That New Car Smell: Keep it Fresh

February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

If ladies can have a special relationship with a new pair of shoes, just imagine our connection with a brand...

Danny Trejo’s Tacos Coming to Santa Monica

February 24, 2021

February 24, 2021

Popular restaurant owned by legendary actor coming near Promenade By Kerry Slater Legendary actor Danny Trejo is bringing his popular...

Violent Crime Declining in Santa Monica: Santa Monica Beat – February, 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

February 22, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Violent Crime Declining in Santa Monica * Santa Monica Animal Shelter...