LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police have released surveillance video showing a suspect holding what appears to be a gun just before he was fatally shot Saturday by officers.
The footage posted Tuesday to LAPD’s YouTube channel shows a man in gray sweat pants and a blue hooded sweat shirt crouching behind an SUV and pulling a handgun from his waistband. He puts the gun back into his pants and runs around the corner of a strip mall as officers pursue him.
Police say the video supports the account Chief Charlie Beck gave Monday justifying the fatal shooting Saturday of Carnell Snell, an 18-year-old black man. Beck said Snell had a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun in one hand and turned toward officers when they fired.
Black Lives Matter organizers protested the shooting outside a meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday. It’s the first meeting of the panel since Snell was killed.
Beck also said a Hispanic man fatally shot Sunday pointed a realistic-looking replica handgun at officers. The man’s name has not been released.
Beck said the officers involved in the shooting were wearing body cameras and the footage supports their accounts, while refuting claims that the man was shot on the ground.