Public Meeting After L.A. Deputy Kills Boy Ends in Chaos

An emergency town hall meeting after the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Los Angeles was halted Wednesday night as the teen’s family and residents demanded answers from Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials. Deputies shot and killed Anthony Weber during a foot chase. They said they spotted a handgun tucked into his pants, but investigators never recovered a weapon.

An emergency town hall meeting after the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy ended in chaos Wednesday night as the teen’s family and residents demanded answers from Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials, reports the Los Angeles Times. Deputies shot and killed Anthony Weber during a foot chase Sunday evening. They said they spotted a handgun tucked into his pants, but investigators never recovered a weapon. The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission — a nine-person board appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to monitor the Sheriff’s Department — called the crisis meeting to quell tensions between the community and the law enforcement agency. John Weber, the teen’s father, brought an enlarged cellphone photograph of his son lying on the ground. “Where’s the gun?” he asked. “I know where the bullets are, they’re right in my baby’s back.”

Weber’s brother asked a sheriff’s captain if his brother’s family or community was “due something.” “Absolutely not,” Capt. Christopher Bergner replied.An angry group then convened around the panel, prompting authorities to end the meeting early. Bergner’s response didn’t sit well with those on the panel. “We are just as disgusted by that response as the community,” said Commissioner Xavier Thompson. The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. Sunday. Two deputies responded to a report of a young man pointing a handgun at a motorist. Deputies encountered a 16-year-old boy who matched the description. They spotted a handgun tucked into his pants. When they ordered him not to move, the teen ignored the commands and ran into an apartment complex known as a gang hangout. The young man turned toward the deputies and one of them fired about 10 shots. Authorities said a gun carried by the boy may have been taken by someone in the crowd that converged on the scene.

from https://thecrimereport.org