Police State/Civil Liberties

LAPD officer kills 14-year-old girl while opening fire on suspect in clothing store

By Jeva Lange The Week

A 14-year-old girl was reportedly shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer who opened fire on a suspect in a Burlington clothing store in North Hollywood on Thursday, The Associated Press reports.

The police were responding to a report of a person being assaulted with a deadly weapon when they apparently opened fire in the store on the suspect. The suspect was struck and killed — officers found he had a heavy metal cable lock, but not a gun, The New York Times reports — while a bullet pierced the wall of the dressing room and killed the 14-year-old, who was shopping for a quinceañera dress with her mother.

“Preliminarily, we believe that round was an officer’s round,” Dominic H. Choi — the acting chief in the absence of LAPD Chief Michel Moore, who was out of town with his family — said at a news conference. Choi added, “The dressing room was behind where the suspect was, in front of the officer. You can’t see into the dressing rooms. It just looks like a straight wall of drywall.”

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