LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have declined to charge two Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot an unarmed man after he threw a beer bottle through a window of their patrol car.
The Los Angeles Times reports Monday that prosecutors determined the officers’ actions were justified because they reasonably believed James Byrd was armed with a gun and had shot at them in 2015.
Police did not find a gun on Byrd. The officers said they thought the sound of the car window shattering was a gunshot. Investigators determined Byrd had thrown a 40-ounce beer bottle.
In 2016, the Police Commission, a civilian oversight panel, determined the officers violated department rules for using deadly force.
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Chief Charlie Beck said he believed the initial rounds fired by the officers fell within policy, but he faulted them for firing an additional 11 rounds.
Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/