Graphic video shows LAPD cops shoot homeless man

A graphic video that shows cops from the Los Angeles Police Department shooting a man, who is said to be homeless, has gone viral on Facebook.


A bystander identified as Anthony Blackburn filmed the incident and immediately posted the video on Sunday, March 1. We cannot embed the video here as it is violent and contains foul language.

According to KTLA5, LAPD spokeman Jack Richter said officers were dispatched to East Sixth Street and South San Pedro Street after someone reported an altercation between two people. Cmdr. Andrew Smith, however, said officers assigned to a task force focused on skid row responded to the location following a 911 call reporting a possible robbery, LA Times reported.

A struggle ensued when the man "began fighting and physically resisting the officers" when they approached him, Smith reportedly said. The officers tried to take the man down with a Taser but failed.

In the video, someone can be heard saying "drop the gun" about four times before several gunshots were fired. Smith said two officers and a sergeant fired at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.


Authorities have yet to release the identity of the man but witnesses at the scene reportedly identified the victim by his street name, "Africa."

Dennis Horne, 29, told a reporter that Africa was fighting with someone else in his tent when the LAPD officers arrived. A witness who asked anonimity reportedly said Africa kicked the officers and reached for one of their service firearms before he was shot.

Booker Washington, a resident in the area, told LA Times that police had repeatedly asked Africa to take down his tent. By virtue of a court order, the homeless are allowed to sleep on the streets in downtown LA from 9 p.m., but are obliged to remove their tents before 6 in the morning.

Washington reportedly said he was sad that "the man got shot over a tent."