Keenan Anderson video: Los Angeles police face scrutiny after death of black man who was repeatedly shocked with a taser

Los Angeles police began the year with a series of encounters that ended with the deaths of three men

Los Angeles police began the year with a series of encounters that ended with the deaths of three men

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Los Angeles police are facing scrutiny after the in-custody death of the cousin of a key figure in the Black Lives Matter movement. Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old teacher from Washington who was visiting Los Angeles, died earlier this month hours after officers repeatedly tasered him.

Police said when they arrived at the scene of a Jan. 3 traffic accident in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice, they found Anderson running in the street and exhibiting “erratic behavior.”

Wednesday’s release of dramatic body camera recording The aftermath of the incident has sparked angry calls for greater accountability from the police, who have faced accusations of unnecessary brutality.

In the footage, Anderson can be seen lying on a sidewalk being held by police while another repeatedly yells “Turn around or I’ll hit you” and “Stop or I’ll hit you!”

A visibly agitated Anderson yells back: “They’re trying to George Floyd me… They’re trying to kill me” and “Help please – I’m not resisting, I’m not resisting.”

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Anderson’s death – he was the third person to die in police custody in Los Angeles so far this year – sparked an angry reaction.

Mayor Karen Bass called for the immediate suspension of the officers involved pending the results of the investigation.

And Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California tweeted: “I am outraged and heartbroken for Keenan…senselessly killed by the police.”

She called for “systemic reform”.

In a video statement before the body camera footage, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Kelly Muniz, a spokesman, said that investigations into the use of force by officers can often take up to a year.

“Our understanding of the incident may change as … additional evidence is collected, analyzed and reviewed,” Munitz said.

Anderson’s cousin, Patrice Cullers, co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 amid outrage over the videotaped killing in Minneapolis of Floyd, a black man, being kneed by a white police officer.

Anderson, who was eventually handcuffed and shackled, was taken to a hospital and died four hours later.

No cause of death has been officially determined.

An LAPD statement said Anderson resisted arrest.

“Officers struggled with Anderson for several minutes, using a TASER, body weight, firm grips and joint locks to overcome his resistance,” the release said.

But Cullers and others have questioned that version of events.

“My cousin, Keenan, was actually really scared and begged for help multiple times and unfortunately he didn’t get that from the LAPD,” ​​Cullers told the Los Angeles Times. “Why was there no help? Why wasn’t my cousin offered medical attention’ at the scene.

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