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    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday he has yet to see evidence that would justify one of his officers fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man near Venice Beach.

    Beck cautioned that his department's investigation was just underway but told reporters he was "very concerned" by the shooting that occurred Tuesday night as an officer struggled with the man on a block lined with bars and restaurants.

    "Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that, and I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances at this point," Beck said.

    Department investigators have not interviewed the officer because he is on medication to treat a knee he hurt during the struggle, Beck said.

    The union representing officers criticized the chief's remarks as premature and prejudicial.

    In a written statement, the president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League called Beck "completely irresponsible" to publicly opine "without having all of the facts." President Craig Lally said that by speaking out, Beck "essentially renders the investigation process void."
    AP - Full Article

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    Can't really blame the police for becoming increasingly paranoid. They're damned if they don't, and damned killer racists if they do. And, of course, they could very well wind up dead if the make the slightest mistake because of all this.
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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