LAPD chief: Officers wrong to shoot on live TV

2014-12-04 20:31
An arrested protester is carried onto a Los Angles Police Departmet (LAPD) transport bus at one intersection during a demonstration following the grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer. (David McNew, Getty Images, AFP)

An arrested protester is carried onto a Los Angles Police Departmet (LAPD) transport bus at one intersection during a demonstration following the grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer. (David McNew, Getty Images, AFP)

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Los Angeles - Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck says three officers violated deadly-force rules when they shot an unarmed man on live television last year.

The Los Angeles Times reports on Thursday that Beck rejected the officers' claims that they feared for their lives after a high-speed chase.

Beck says the evidence didn't show a deadly threat.

The chief will now have to decide what punishment, if any, to give the officers who have been relieved of duty since the December 2013 shooting.

The City Council in August voted to pay $5m to the family of victim Brian Beaird to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Beaird, a 51-year-old National Guard veteran, led authorities on a nearly hour-long chase after they tried to stop him for reckless driving.

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