Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Police War On Disabled Persons Continues

[From article]
Bandler was described by a local resident as a 'fairly crazy guy', KTLA reported.
Michael Dempsey, who lives by the scene, told the news station: 'From time to time he'll get fairly nuts and the police will come up and calm everything down.
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'It's shocking, it's shocking like this could happen on this street. People up here aren't known to have guns. People up here aren't known to be fairly crazed. People up here don't lose their tempers. People up here don't get carried away,' Michael Dempsey told KTLA.
'They just mind their own business and go about life.'


Police shoot dead 'a fairly crazy' elderly man in wealthy Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles
The neighborhood is home to millionaire celebrity residents such as Jennifer Aniston
The armed man was described by residents as 'fairly crazy'
He was shot by an officer after refusing to put down his weapon
PUBLISHED: 13:21 EST, 17 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:34 EST, 18 November 2013

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[From article]
Police in Long Beach, California, say they had no choice but to open fire when Adeline Arroyo, 31, pointed BB gun at them Sunday afternoon. The weapon looked like nearly an exact replica of a Beretta semi-automatic pistol.
Despite police firing numerous shots at her and hitting her twice, Miss Arroyo is expected to survive. She is currently recovering at a local hospital in serious condition.
Her family says she has a long history of mental illness and suffers from schizophrenia. They say police never should have shot her and instead found a less violent way to subdue her.
[. . .]
A video provided to KABC-TV from a witness shows a dozen officers barricaded behind their squad cars, pointing guns at her from all sides.
Some have handguns, others are armed with rifles and shotguns.
[. . .]
'I feel the Long Beach Police Department should be more trained when they're dealing with somebody with a mental illness.'
But, the Long Beach police chief said his officers had no choice but to open fire when Miss Arroyo repeatedly refused to drop the pistol.
'If a person has a handgun and they point that in your direction, then at that point less lethal is not appropriate. You're facing a lethal threat,' Chief Jim McDonnell said.
This is the 19th person shot by officers in the city of 460,000 so far this year.


The shocking moment police gun down schizophrenic woman in broad daylight after she points BB gun at them
Adeline Arroyo, 31, had BB that looked like Beretta semi-automatic pistol
She was shot twice, but survived and is expected to recover
At least 10 gunshots can be heard
A camera crew from KCAL-TV captured the entire scene on video
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 14:26 EST, 18 November 2013 | UPDATED: 16:53 EST, 18 November 2013

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