Keenan Anderson video: LAPD faces scrutiny after death of black man who was repeatedly shocked with Taser

Keenan Anderson video: LAPD faces scrutiny after death of black man who was repeatedly shocked with Taser

Keenan Anderson video: LAPD faces scrutiny after death of black man who was repeatedly shocked with Taser

LAPD starts the year with a series of encounters that ended in the deaths of three men


LAPD starts the year with a series of encounters that ended in the deaths of three men

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Los Angeles police are under intense scrutiny following the death in custody of a 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 shocked him with a Taser.

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

The release Wednesday of dramatic body camera footage of the incident sparked angry demands for greater accountability from a police force that has already faced accusations of unnecessary brutality.

In the footage, Anderson is seen lying on a sidewalk, restrained by officers as another repeatedly shouts, “Turn around or I’ll taser you” and “Stop him or I’ll taser you!”

A clearly 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 Los Angeles police custody so far this year – sparked an angry reaction.

Mayor Karen Bass demanded the immediate suspension of the police officers involved, pending the outcome of an investigation.

And Rep. Barbara Lee from California tweeted“I am outraged and heartbroken for Keenan…killed for no reason by the police.”

She called for “systemic reform”.

In a video statement ahead of body camera footage, LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz, a spokeswoman, said investigations into officers’ use of force can often take up to a year.

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

Anderson’s cousin, Patrisse Cullors, co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 amid outrage over the filmed killing in Minneapolis of Floyd, a black man, under the knee of a white police officer.

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

No cause of death has been officially established.

A statement from the LAPD said Anderson resisted arrest.

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

But Cullors and others have questioned this version of events.

“My cousin, Keenan, was actually really scared and he was asking for help a lot of times, and unfortunately that’s not what he got from the LAPD,” ​​Cullors told the Los Angeles Times. “Why was there no help? Why didn’t my cousin receive medical attention” at the scene.

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