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LAPD Officer Murders Man , Will not Be Charged By the District Attorney

A Los Angeles police officer will not face charges for shooting and killing an unarmed homeless man in Venice in 2015.

 

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office declined to bring charges because they couldn’t prove Officer Clifford Proctor acted unlawfully when he shot Brendon Glenn in the back in 2015 in Venice,

 ‘After an independent and thorough review of all the evidence in this case, we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Proctor did not act within the law,’ Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had recommended that charges be brought against the officer considering that Glenn was unarmed, and his death sparked a series of protests across Los Angeles.

Glenn was killed during a struggle with officers outside a bar where he had fought with a bouncer.

The 29-year-old of Troy, New York, was on his stomach and trying to push himself up when Proctor shot him twice in the back, according to police.

A police report said Proctor told investigators that he saw Glenn’s hand on his partner’s holster and thought he was trying to grab the other officer’s gun.

However, police have said that Glenn wasn’t trying to take a gun from Proctor or his partner when he was shot, and Proctor’s partner told investigators that he didn’t know why the officer opened fire.

The 29-year-old of Troy, New York, was on his stomach and trying to push himself up when Proctor shot him twice in the back, according to police (pictured). A police report said Proctor told investigators that he saw Glenn's hand on his partner's holster and thought he was trying to grab the other officer's gun

The 29-year-old of Troy, New York, was on his stomach and trying to push himself up when Proctor shot him twice in the back, according to police (pictured). A police report said Proctor told investigators that he saw Glenn’s hand on his partner’s holster and thought he was trying to grab the other officer’s gun

However, police have said that Glenn wasn't trying to take a gun from Proctor or his partner when he was shot, and Proctor's partner told investigators that he didn't know why the officer opened fire

However, police have said that Glenn wasn’t trying to take a gun from Proctor or his partner when he was shot, and Proctor’s partner told investigators that he didn’t know why the officer opened fire

An attorney for Glenn’s family called the prosecutors’ decision ‘spineless’ and said it highlighted a conflict of interest when prosecutors are tasked with deciding whether to charge police officers.

‘He was my beautiful son,’ Sheri Camprone, 61, Glenn’s mother, told the New York Daily News.

‘There’s no accountability,’ she said. ‘It’s a travesty of justice. It’s horrible. I don’t understand.’

Camprone said her Glenn wa in California for a year of travel meant to be part work, part vacation. She spoke to him the Sunday before his death and learned he planned to return to New York soon because he missed his three-year-old son, she said.

‘This officer has to live with what he did for the rest of his life. He tore a family to shreds,’ she told The News. ‘They said my son was homeless. He wasn’t homeless. He was on a work vacation and he was coming home. This has been emotional hell.’

‘Officer Proctor did not act to deescalate the situation,’ lawyer V James DeSimone said in a statement. ‘This tragic death could have been avoided with common sense policing.’

The shooting, which came amid tensions nationwide over police killings of unarmed black men, drew angry protests in the city. Both Glenn and Proctor are black.

Glenn’s name has become a rallying cry against police shootings in Los Angeles, and activists have held a series of protests outside Lacey’s office. The activists say the office hasn’t prosecuted an on-duty officer for a fatal shooting in 16 years.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said there is no proof that Proctor (on crutches) did not act within the law near the Venice Beach boardwalk in 2015

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said there is no proof that Proctor (on crutches) did not act within the law near the Venice Beach boardwalk in 2015

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had recommended that charges be brought against Proctor (on crutches) considering that Glenn was unarmed, and his death sparked a series of protests across Los Angeles

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck had recommended that charges be brought against Proctor (on crutches) considering that Glenn was unarmed, and his death sparked a series of protests across Los Angeles

Surveillance video from a nearby bar did not show Glenn reaching for the weapon, and Proctor’s partner, Jonathan Kawahara, said he didn’t see Glenn’s hand go near his gun, a district attorney’s report said.

Prosecutors said even if Glenn wasn’t reaching for Kawahara’s gun, the struggle could’ve caused Proctor to fear that he was.

The district attorney did not decide the shooting was justified and instead said Porter ‘could have a rather credible and successful claim that in this struggle to lawfully arrest this man that he feared that there was a threat of death or great bodily injury.’

Beck’s unprecedented recommendation to charge the officer was not helpful to the case, Lacey said. Such letters raise expectations when the evidence may not be there to support the conclusion, she said.

Proctor’s attorney, Bill Seki, said he believed the district attorney made the right decision and Proctor was in imminent danger when he shot Glenn.

‘That’s been our position all along that his actions weren’t criminal,’ Seki said.

Glenn's name has become a rallying cry against police shootings in Los Angeles, and activists have held a series of protests outside Lacey's office. 

Glenn’s name has become a rallying cry against police shootings in Los Angeles, and activists have held a series of protests outside Lacey’s office.

Glenn's mother, Sheri Camprone, said her Glenn was in California for a year of travel meant to be part work, part vacation

Glenn’s mother, Sheri Camprone, said her Glenn was in California for a year of travel meant to be part work, part vacation

Proctor resigned from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2017. The city paid $4million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit that was brought by Glenn's relatives

Proctor resigned from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2017. The city paid $4million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit that was brought by Glenn’s relatives

Proctor resigned from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2017. The city paid $4million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit that was brought by Glenn’s relatives.

The report included officer body-camera footage , which is rarely released by Los Angeles authorities, and surveillance videos.

Investigators said they also took statements from 10 civilian witnesses, used DNA analysis and brought in a use-of-force expert to consult on the case.

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union that represents rank-and-file police officers, said Lacey ‘followed the evidence in this case and did not succumb to political posturing or pressure.’

While Proctor was on leave after the shooting, internal affairs investigators referred a case to the district attorney’s office against him because they found he ‘was not at home when he was supposed to be,’ but prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges.

In 2016, Proctor was charged in a separate case with domestic battery and is also accused of violating a court order and dissuading a witness from testifying, Orange County prosecutors said. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.