Review Urged In Wake Of Nearly Nude Man’s Shooting

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — In the wake of the shooting death of a nearly naked man in Playa Vista, civil rights activists want a review of policies for officers dealing with intoxicated or mentally disturbed people.

Reggie Doucet Jr., 25, a model who played football in college, apparently argued with a cabbie bringing him home from a Hollywood club. During the argument, he stripped naked outside the Crescent Park West condominiums, where Doucet reportedly lived.

When police arrived, they were able to get him to put on some boxer shorts, but he allegedly ran off. Police say they confronted him in the doorway of a building, where Doucet began fighting with the officers.

When he allegedly tried to grab an officer’s gun, he was fatally shot.

“I heard them try to detain him and he would not comply and there was a fight, a physical fight, and then I heard two shots,” neighbor Monica Vogelbacher said.

The two officers who fought with Doucet were treated for minor injuries – both suffered blows to the face – and a squad car was destroyed in a crash in the 4200 block of Centinela Avenue as backup officers rushed to the scene.

Earl Ofar Hutchison of the Los Angeles Urban Roundtable and Eddie Jones of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Association say they’ll discuss the shooting at a news conference and want Chief Beck to review Los Angeles Police Department policies for officers dealing with intoxicated or mentally disturbed people.

Doucet, about 6 feet and 190 pounds, played defensive back at El Camino College and Middle State Tennessee University. He was raised in Prunedale, Calif., where he was a track and football star at North Monterey County High School.

He played junior college football at El Camino College, before he earned a scholarship to Middle Tennessee.

Doucet had been working as a personal fitness trainer and part-time model, Ellison said. He was unmarried, but has daughter who is 3 or 4 years old, Ellison told The Times. He also reportedly had been working as a nightclub promoter.

“What bothers me is that if he was naked, they knew for a fact that he didn’t have any weapons on him,” he said.

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