Pedestrian Shot By Los Angeles County CHP Officer After Struggle On 105 Freeway
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA (November 20, 2023) – A male pedestrian walking along the 105 Freeway near Willowbrook was injured in a police shooting with a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer.
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place around 3:16 p.m. on Sunday. A male pedestrian was walking along the freeway not far from Wilmington Avenue.
A California Highway Patrol officer made contact with the pedestrian before a struggle took place. At some point during the struggle, a police shooting took place.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim who was shot multiple times. He was taken to the hospital and his condition is not immediately known.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Los Angeles County Inmate Deaths
Police shootings are much more common than many people may realize. According to the Law Enforcement Epidemiology Project, “Of the estimated 250,000 civilians injured each year by law enforcement, approximately 85,000 suffer a non-fatal injury requiring hospital treatment.” A large number of the people who are injured in police shooting were suffering from untreated mental illness. Many other factors are likely to contribute to police shootings.
- Police shootings are much more likely to take place if officers lack less lethal alternatives to firearms like tasers.
- Police shootings are much more likely to occur when officers are not well-trained to de-escalate encounters.
- Police shootings are more likely to occur due to socioeconomic factors including poverty and unemployment.
Shooting a suspect should always be an absolute measure of last resort. If a police officer uses excessive force and injures a suspect, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. According to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of law, deprives someone of their rights afforded under the Constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. The circumstances surrounding a police shooting should be well understood.
- Body camera footage from all officers involved should be sought.
- Surveillance footage from nearby businesses should also be reviewed.
- The actions of officers leading up to the shooting should be known.
- Medical records related to the incident should be preserved.
Whether or not the actions of a police officer were reasonable will depend on what happened leading up to any shooting. For example, there are protocols that police officers must follow if they are dealing with mentally ill suspects. The family of any person that died in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Los Angeles County Police Shootings
We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP extend our best wishes to the person injured in this CHP police shooting. It is our sincere hope that they will be able to make a full recovery. There needs to be a thorough investigation and accountability for the sake of the victim and his family.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Los Angeles County police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that victims of police brutality are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into a shooting we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.