The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners cleared an officer today in the fatal shooting of an armed parolee attempting to flee in Hyde Park.
Keith Bursey’s family has questioned the circumstances of the shooting
and members of the Black Lives Matter movement also focused on it during
protests at City Hall last summer while saying the killing was unjustified.
The Commission Voted 5-0 To Clear The Officer
The commission agreed on a 5-0 vote with Los Angeles Police Department
Chief Charlie Beck that Officer Charles Kumlander acted reasonably and within
department policy when he shot Bursey.
According to Beck’s report on the incident, the shooting occurred on
“hood day,” which is a day of celebration for the Rollin 60s street gang, and
the parking lot where the shooting took place was a known spot where gang
members hang out.
Kumlander and his partner reported that as they approached a parked car
in the lot near Brynhurst Avenue and Slauson Avenue on June 10 around 8:25 p.m.
they smelled marijuana and directed its three occupants to get out.
The Officer Drew His Gun And Fired 3-4 Rounds From 8 Feet Away
When one officer patted Bursey down he felt a handgun in his waistband,
and Bursey immediately broke free of the officer’s grip and tried to run away,
according to the report, which did not specify which officer patted Bursey down
because their names were redacted.
Kumlander reported that Bursey turned with his hand going toward his
waistband area where the gun was, so he drew his gun and fired three or four
rounds at him from about eight feet away. Bursey was transported to California
Hospital Medial Center but was pronounced dead.
The LAPD Reported That A Handgun Was Found At The Scene
The LAPD previously stated that a loaded .38 caliber handgun was
recovered from the scene and that Bursey was a documented gang member who was
wanted for a parole violation.
Bursey’s daughter filed a lawsuit against the city in January that
claimed he was not armed during the encounter. Bursey’s grandmother, Mary
Williams, also spoke during Tuesday’s commission meeting and said he was not
armed and was running away when he was shot.
City News Service.
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