The decision to recommend criminal charges against one of his officers was difficult but "obvious," Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday.
In a rare move, he said he called L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey in late December to tell her he believed Officer Clifford Proctor committed a crime when he shot Brendon Glenn, an unarmed African-American homeless man in Venice last May.
"I’ve reviewed hundreds of officer-involved shootings since I’ve been chief of police," Beck told reporters. He’s served at the top of the department since 2011.
But this case was different.
The shooting occurred outside a bar, just steps from the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. Two LAPD officers were struggling with Glenn after complaints he’d been harassing people.