New report reveals no link between officer-involved shootings and assaults
Inspector general finds several instances of inaccuracy
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—An independent police department watchdog has concluded in a report about to be presented to the Los Angeles Police Commission that there was no link between the dramatic rise in officer-involved shootings last year and assaults on officers, as police Chief Charlie Beck contends, it was reported today.
Alex Bustamante, the inspector general for the Los Angeles Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD, scrutinized the 2011 assault and shooting figures for a report he will present to the commission Tuesday. In it, he challenged the way the LAPD tallies assaults on officers, suggesting it is misleading, the Los Angeles Times reported.
LAPD officers fired their weapons in 63 incidents last year, a roughly 50 percent increase over the shootings in any of the previous four years, according to the report.
Beck has explained the increase by pointing to what the LAPD said was a 22 percent increase in assaults on officers from 2010 to 2011. Police officials counted 193 such incidents in 2011, recording them as assaults with a deadly weapon or attempted murders, according to the report.
"Officer-involved shootings are also up—largely in response to these kind of attacks," Beck told the Police Commission in November, according to The Times.
But the inspector general found several reasons why he said this cause-and-effect relationship wasn't accurate, The Times reported. For one, from 2007 to last year, the number of assaults on officers fluctuated dramatically from one year to the next. The number of officer-involved shootings, however, remained relatively flat until last year, when they jumped.
If there had been a connection between the two, the year-to-year totals should have climbed and dropped in sync, according to the report quoted by The Times.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said today the department’s review of Christopher Dorner’s firing could take several months, but he vowed that the case would be looked at fairly and stressed that “we have to remember the victims” of the man accused of killing four people.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A fired Los Angeles police officer who was accused of killing four people and whose charred remains were found inside a burned-out Big Bear cabin after a shootout with law enforcement authorities died from a single gunshot wound to the head, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said today.
Los Angeles police maintained watch over some of their own Thursday, not ready to let down their guard completely until investigators can say for sure that the charred human remains found inside a burned mountain cabin are those of Christopher Dorner.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The mother of fired Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner, who is believed to have died inside a Big Bear cabin that burned to the ground after a gun battle with law enforcement, expressed “deepest sympathies” today to the families of people her son is suspected of killing.
In a statement released to Fox11 on behalf of the family, Nancy Dorner also asked for privacy.
IRVINE, Calif.—Fired Los Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, who has been the target of a massive weeklong police dragnet and is suspected of killing two people in Irvine, was charged today in Riverside County with capital murder for the shooting death of Riverside police Officer Michael Crain.
Crain was gunned down Thursday morning while on patrol with his partner, who was wounded in the shooting.