LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Even before the meeting started, Black Lives Matter supporters took over as Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey stood back.

Lisa Simpson says she wanted to confront Lacey at a town hall after her 18-year-old son was killed by Los Angeles Police Department officers in July.

“She got the power to stop it, but she won’t, and I wanna know why because I’ll never get to see my son again,” Simpson said.

But when Lacey took the microphone, she was often interrupted.

More than an hour into the community event, it was clear Lacey had enough. And walked out early.

“In some sense, it was hijacked a bit because we had questions to cover and they were tough questions had I been allowed to answer them,” Lacey said afterward.

Lacey did address Simpson in the meeting and promised to meet with the grieving mother.

But says she also wanted to tell the public she must follow the law when deciding to prosecute officers.

“If an officer actually and reasonably fears for their life even though may be mistaken about what they saw, then they are entitled to defend themselves, and that’s what the law is,” Lacey said.

Comments (2)
  1. G. P. says:

    Looks like KCBS-TV reporter Andrea Fujii is a big fan of the movie “101 Dalmations”. Some kind soul should give her some on screen fashion tips.

  2. swell says:

    Of course, we need to be certain that the officer “actually” and “reasonably” fears for their life. Just because an officer claims that they feared for their life doesn’t mean someone shouldn’t look at the situation and evaluate that claim.

    Shooting someone who has nothing in their hands and is not approaching the officer should not give rise to an actual or reasonable fear for one’s life. Likewise, shooting someone who does not have an identified weapon in their hands should not give rise to an actual or reasonable fear unless that person is behaving aggressively. Failure to immediately follow an officer’s commands is not automatically aggressive – if the person is walking away from the officers, that is not an aggressive behavior.

    If you don’t agree with me, look at some of the shooting incidents around the country: In Florida, a black therapist was shot lying on the ground with his empty hands in the air (the officer claimed he was shooting at the white autistic man sitting on the ground nearby – but only one shot was fired). In Tulsa, OK, a black man was shot after walking away from police officers and toward his car; the officer is facing charges as she should as there was no indication he was “reaching into the vehicle” as she claimed – the vehicle window was closed. In Minneapolis-St. Paul, a black driver who was told to give the officer his driver’s license was shot and killed after warning the officer he had a carry-concealed permit and was reaching for his license as directed (he had nothing in his hands – and he wouldn’t have been eligible for a carry-concealed permit if he was as dangerous as the police tried to smear him as).

    If a civilian has to identify the situation and target before shooting, why doesn’t a trained police officer? Why are we holding our police to lower standards for knowing the law, for de-escalating situations — for doing their jobs — than we hold the civilians they are pulling over?

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