LOS ANGELES (NEWS10/KABC) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is recommending criminal charges against an officer who killed an unarmed homeless man in Venice, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Brendon Glenn, 29, was originally from Troy and had been living in Los Angeles for a short time. Following his death, his grandmother and friend were adamant he was unarmed and defenseless.
“Anytime an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that, and I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances at this point,” Beck said at the time.
In May 2015, Glenn was involved in an altercation with Officer Clifford Proctor in Venice. Police said they received calls that Glenn was causing a disturbance outside a bar.
Police said they later noticed Glenn in a physical struggle with someone and that’s when an altercation with officers began. Beck told the Los Angeles Times investigators found Glenn was on his stomach on the ground when Proctor shot him twice in the back.
Glenn was unarmed, according to police.
Attorney Jim DeSimone spoke on behalf of Glenn’s mother on Monday.
“She is still devastated by the loss of her son,” he said. “She is gratified that Chief Beck has recommended criminal charges, but her grandson, Avery Glenn, is still without a father.”
Proctor’s attorney said Proctor saw Glenn reaching for his partner’s gun. Chief Beck, however, disagrees. He said investigators determined Glenn was not trying to take either Proctor’s or his partner’s weapon at the time of the shooting after reviewing video, witness accounts and other evidence.
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