LAPD Shooting of Knife-wielding black woman deemed within policy; sparks protests


Family members address the media outside the commission meeting.

Protesters called for the Chief of the LAPD and Police Commissioner to resign following a report exonerating officers in the August 15 shooting of a knife-wielding black woman.


According to Beck’s report to the Police Commission, officers were chasing Jones in the alley when they saw her pull out a large knife. The officers ordered Jones to drop the knife, but she continued to run, according to the report.

An officer deployed a Taser during the chase, but it apparently did not make contact with Jones, according to the report. During the chase, Jones suddenly stopped and turned toward the officers, the report said.

According to the report, Jones “raised her knife to head level and pointed the blade in (an officer’s) direction. Jones then took approximately three to four lunging steps and charged in his direction.”

Beck concluded in the report that “based on the totality of the circumstances,” a trained officer “would reasonably believe that Jones’ actions while armed with a knife presented an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury and therefore, the use of lethal force would be objectively reasonable.”

According to an internal report obtained by the Los Angeles Times, money and a robbery demand note were found in Jones’ clothing.

A woman named Courtyana Franklin told the paper, however, that she witnessed the shooting in the side-view mirror of her car, and she insisted Jones was running away from officers when she was shot, not advancing on them.

Jones’ husband, Marcus Vaughn, was among those attending today’s commission meeting, telling the panel in an emotional statement, “You all stole her from me.” After the commission’s decision was announced, Vaughn was seen wiping away tears amid a crowd of supporters outside the headquarters building. Some protesters left the Police Administration Building and began gathering on the east steps of City Hall in an impromptu sit-in.

These protests will continue because one side of the political spectrum depends on fanning the flames to generate election turnout, drowning out the honest voices who truly seek to address systemic problems in the justice system. It may be cynical to say that, but cynical interpretation has been the winning bet for some time now.

Jon Gabriel said it best: (h/t Blogfather)

Stay safe folks. A shitstorm is brewing.


  1. Sam L. says:

    Bullet entry points are usually obvious to the coroner.

    1. That’s what they want you to think.


  2. Imp says:

    I think most people don’t appreciate the threat someone with a knife poses within a few steps, even to someone with a firearm (I.e. the 21 ft. rule). A person with even a mortal bullet wound may have plenty of time and adrenaline to stab you before they fall.

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