LOS ANGELES — The Latest on prosecutors decision not to bring criminal charges against a Los Angeles police officer after the 2015 shooting of an unarmed homeless man (all times local):
Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey says she decided not to charge a former police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man because she wouldn’t be able to prove the case in court.
Lacey said Thursday that Officer Clifford Proctor could credibly claim he feared there was a threat to his life or his partner’s life when he fatally shot Brendon Glenn in May 2015.
Police have said Glenn was on his stomach trying to push himself up when Proctor shot him in the back.
Police Chief Charlie Beck had recommended Proctor face criminal charges.
Lacey says Beck’s unprecedented request was not helpful and she hopes future chiefs will not try to influence cases.
She says they raise expectations when the evidence may not be there to support the conclusion.
Los Angeles prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed homeless man, despite a recommendation from the city’s police chief that the officer be charged.
In a report released Thursday, prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to prove Officer Clifford Proctor acted unlawfully when he fatally shot Brendon Glenn in May 2015 in Venice.
Police had said Glenn was on his stomach trying to push himself up when Proctor shot the 29-year-old in the back.
Prosecutors said they couldn’t find that Proctor’s actions were unreasonable and that the officer may have “reasonably believed” Glenn was reaching for his partner’s gun.
A 2016 police investigation concluded that Glenn wasn’t trying to take a gun from Proctor or his partner when he was shot.