Suspect shot and critically wounded by LAPD was handcuffed and face down when officer fired

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, November 01, 2012

LOS ANGELES — A newspaper has found that Los Angeles police failed to publicly reveal key details in a recent officer-involved shooting — the suspect was handcuffed, unarmed and lying face down when he was shot by an officer.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/RwvB7u ) that police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday that the news release about the Oct. 12 shooting was not an attempt to distort the incident.

Beck says information was withheld to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

The shooting occurred after 23-year-old Kennedy Garcia fled as he was being handcuffed on suspicion of graffiti vandalism. He was found hiding under an SUV and two officers pulled him out by the ankles. He was shot in the lower back and critically wounded.

Beck says the investigation is ongoing.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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