Panel finds LAPD violated policy during Dorner investigation

By Jeffrey Rindskopf,

The Los Angeles Police Commission, led by Police Chief Charlie Beck, decided that eight officers who opened fire on a pickup truck were in violation of the department's policy on use of deadly force. The officers allegedly believed that former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was in the car.

The LA Times reports that Beck met with the Police Commission, overseeing the investigation, to share his findings on the shooting.

The incident in question took place in Torrance in February of 2013, during the manhunt for Dorner. Margie Carranza, 47, and her mother, Emma Hernandez, 71, were delivering newspapers when LAPD officers opened fire on their Toyota Tacoma without warning. Carranza had only minor injuries, but Hernandez was shot in the back. The officers allegedly mistook the two women for Dorner.

CBS LA reports that the city came to a $4.2 million settlement with the women.

The Police Commission initially voted to clear the officers of wrongdoing, but Beck dismissed the finding. Now, the Commission has announced their official conclusion that the eight officers violated regulations.

The Commission did clear two officers who opened fire on Dorner in Corona the same morning.

It's unclear as of yet what action will be taken against the officers involved in the shooting.

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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