Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Photo by John Schreiber.

Mayor Eric Garcetti called the police shooting of a homeless man on Skid Row a “tragedy” Monday, and said a “thorough investigation” will take place with the assistance of footage from body cameras worn by two of the officers involved.

“First and foremost, loss of life in this town, no matter who it is, is a tragedy,” Garcetti said at the start of a planned meeting city department heads at City Hall.

The Sunday shooting of the as-yet-unidentified man is “a tragedy of someone who was trying to find his place in our town, who lost his life yesterday,” he said.

He said the city is still far away from a “determination about everything that happened,” and independent agencies including the Police Commission’s Inspector General and the District Attorney’s Office are looking into the shooting.

“We owe the city a thorough investigation into what happened,” Garcetti said.

With the city “leading the nation” on the use of body cameras, two officers at the scene were wearing the devices, which captured the shooting, Garcetti said.

Garcetti said he watched the widely distributed cell phone video of the shooting, and plans to view the body camera footage himself soon.

The cameras were being tested by volunteer LAPD patrol officers as a city working group develops a formal policy on how to use them.

The body camera footage will be “part of this investigation, giving the transparency that we have undertaken to make sure people know what they are seeing on the streets of Los Angeles, but I emphasize it is only one part” of a fuller investigation, he said.

“Until the facts come in, I would implore folks, to serve as a reminder that our officers, too many Angelenos, face extreme danger on our streets and to not draw any conclusion before we’re finish,” he said.

City News Service

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