VENICE (CBSLA.com) — Friends of a 29-year-old homeless man fatally shot by police in Venice on Tuesday evening, remembered him Friday during a peaceful — but angry — march.
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CBS2’s Jeff Nguyen said there was a growing memorial at Windward and Pacific Avenues, site of the deadly shooting.
Dozens of protesters marched to LAPD’s Venice substation to question the police version of events.
The Coroner has identified the homeless man as Brendon Glenn.
Nguyen spoke to Corey Gowen, a friend of Glenn’s.
Gowen is now taking care of Dozer, Glenn’s dog.
“He’s been a little out of place. He’s not comfortable. He knows Brendon’s gone. Animals aren’t stupid. They know when something’s off,” said Gowen.
A witness says Dozer was with Glenn during the fatal shooting.READ MORE: Police Seek Public Assistance In Identifying Hit-And-Run Driver That Left Scooter Rider Seriously Injured
“His dog rolled up on him and took a nap on him. On his dead body while he was bleeding,” said witness Paris Edwards.
The LAPD has confirmed Glenn was unarmed during the confrontation with police. The fact he was unarmed fueled anger during a march through Venice where friends criticized the deadly use of force.
Witnesses said an officer (seen in a photograph) on crutches is the one that shot Glenn. Nguyen asked the LAPD if that’s accurate.
“Honestly, I can say he was at the scene. But I’m not going to be able to comment if that’s the officer that was involved in the incident,” said LAPD Lt. Rudy Lopez.
The LAPD obtained security video of the shooting which hasn’t been released.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has seen the video and on Wednesday commented that he was concerned about the use of deadly force.
The chief also said the unidentified officer hasn’t been interviewed because he’s been under medication. The department is waiting to talk to him.
“They will do a walk through with the officer to kind of give an idea of what actually happened out here. Once they’re done with that, the officer will be ordered to our behavioral science section. Then, he’ll do a debrief with them to see if everything is fine with them and then, typically, the chief will make the decision if he’s going to return with the commander of Pacific,” Lopez said.MORE NEWS: Fire Commissioner Echoes Calls For Chief Terrazas Resignation