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Councilmember Harris-Dawson Calls for Swift Investigation in South LA Police Shooting

Reports must be made available to family members to ensure justice

October 5, 2016

Los Angeles — Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson of the 8th Council District grieves with the family of Carnell Snell Jr. and calls for a swift investigation following his death at the hands of police.

“Any loss of life is tragic, and we grieve with the family during this difficult time,” said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “When a life is lost at the hands of the police, the family and the community deserve a swift investigation that is transparent and holds officers accountable for any possible wrongdoing. Reports, including the autopsy, need to be made available to the Mayor, the Police Commission, and the family.”

According to initial police reports, Mr. Snell was shot while running from a vehicle that was pulled over for having paper license plates. Details of the investigation are forthcoming, yet the initial reports are concerning. The death of Mr. Snell at the hands of the police occurred within days of the deaths of Alfred Olango in El Cajon, Reginald Thomas in Pasadena, and a yet to be identified Latino young man also in South LA. The deaths of these men and women and seemingly countless others across the nation have elevated the role of race in cases with use of force by the police. The LA Times reported that, despite hundreds of claims of police bias and racial profiling, not a single case was upheld.

“I support Commissioner McClain-Hill’s call for a “deep analysis,” on how the LAPD handles racial profiling allegations,” said Councilmember Harris-Dawson. “Cases, including Mr. Snell’s, must be evaluated for possible racial bias and those complaints must be taken seriously and given the serious weight they deserve. To do any less will erode trust between police and the community at a time when that fragile trust is more important than ever.”

Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson represents the 8th Council District of Los Angeles where Mr. Snell was killed. Councilmember Harris-Dawson has previously called for investigations into alleged police bias and racial profiling and advocated for alternative community-based policing in South Los Angeles.

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