May 30, 2023

Police Bodycam Video Shows LAPD Repeatedly Using Taser on BLM Founder’s Cousin Hours Before His Death [Video]

Wednesday, LAPD launched bodycam footage exhibiting the moments when officers repeatedly Tased a person who later died.

The incident occurred on Jan. 3 after Keenan Anderson, a Los Angeles trainer and the cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, obtained right into a site visitors accident.

Footage of the encounter exhibits Anderson, 31, asking officers for assist after witnesses indicated he had precipitated the accident.

“My cousin was asking for help, and he didn’t receive it. He was killed,” Cullors advised the Guardian. “Nobody deserves to die in fear, panicking and scared for their life. My cousin was scared for his life. He spent the last 10 years witnessing a movement challenging the killing of Black people. He knew what was at stake and he was trying to protect himself. Nobody was willing to protect him.”

The bodycam video exhibits Anderson later complying with the officer’s command to sit down on the sidewalk. Nevertheless, he’s later seen involved with the officer’s conduct, saying, “I want people to see me,” and “You’re putting a thing on me.” Anderson later jogs over to the opposite aspect of the intersection, which prompts a short chase. As soon as the cop catches as much as Anderson, he sits on the bottom in the midst of the road, and that’s when the cop tells him to show over on his abdomen. A wrestle finally ensues when different responding officers arrive. At one level, Anderson yells: “They’re trying to George Floyd me.” The wrestle continued, and Anderson was Tased repeatedly and finally handcuffed after which taken into custody.

Police say Anderson was later taken to a Santa Monica hospital, the place he was later pronounced useless after struggling cardiac arrest.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore mentioned in a press convention that Anderson’s conduct was “erratic” and that he suffered a “medical emergency.” He additionally mentioned {that a} preliminary toxicology report confirmed that Anderson examined optimistic for hashish and cocaine. Nevertheless, an official reason for dying has not but been launched.

“It was a traffic accident. Instead of treating him like a potential criminal, police should have called the ambulance,” mentioned Cullors. “If there was a policy in which traffic stops were met with unarmed professionals who come to the scene to help with whatever situation has happened, that would have prevented my cousin’s death. And that would have prevented so many other deaths.”

She added, “These types of killings and this type of force will not be interrupted unless we have courageous elected officials come forward and challenge not just the police, but also the policies.”