No Charges for Cops Shown in Graphic Video Killing Hostage Held at Knifepoint

Panel finds two LAPD officers violated policy in Van Nuys hostage standoff situation, but won't face criminal charges.

(WARNING: contains graphic content.)

Los Angeles police released graphic body cam video from a violent encounter between LAPD and a man armed with a metal chair and a knife on June 16 2018 in the Van Nuys neighborhood.

After being unable to fend off police, the man grabs an innocent bystander and holds a knife to her throat.

Three LAPD officers Eugene Damiano, Andrew Trock and Cristian Bonilla open fire on the man and the victim, killing them both.

Last week, on Tuesday, a civilian oversight panel determined two of the three officers violated department policy with their use of deadly force in the incident, although it's unclear which of the officers were found to have violated the rules that call for lethal force, according to the L.A. Times.

Initially, officers had fired less-lethal beanbag shotgun rounds at 32-year-old Guillermo Perez.

But that didn't work.

Perez blocked the bean back shots with the metal chair shortly before three officers fired a total of 18 rounds killing Perez and homeless woman Elizabeth Tollison, 49.

Tollison used a walker and may have been too frozen with fear to move away before Perez wraps his arm around her, pressing the knife against her throat.

Predictably, a unanimous decision by the five member Los Angeles Police Commission agreed with the conclusion of a report detailed by Chief Michael Moore, who said officers with similar training would have "reasonably believed" that Perez presented an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death.

Moore said one of the officers "did not have a viable sight picture" of Perez before firing, which caused an "extreme potential risk of injury to the hostage."

For the second officer found to have violated department policy, Moore said he "took into consideration the rapidly unfolding tactical situation" in which the officer made a "split-second decision under stressful circumstances."

Still, the officer should have withheld fire because the other officers had "already engaged with deadly force," Moore told the Times.

In hostage situations, LAPD officers have been historically trained to aim "a precise headshot" at the suspect, Moore said.

Moore, who will now decide what sort of disciplinary the officers will face, has issued a bulletin instructing officers to better organize themselves at scenes so they don't have too many guns unnecessarily pointed at suspects.

WARNING: the video above is extremely graphic.

A longer version, including a 911 call about a man with a knife, is included below.

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AdamSmith420
AdamSmith420

Never call the cops. It's how innocent people end up dead.

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

When in doubt, shoot everything. How to save a victim. NOT. According to cop-think (a misnomer), better not to take a chance and just shoot. Oh, shit. Killed another innocent bystander for being an innocent bystander. Oh well. The police department will cover it up and give the murdering officers a free pass. I guess their response to this is, ''Whoops, Shit Happens".

Shi7
Shi7

So i take it these coos are not trained to negotiate? He was a threat to the woman at that point so they took her out eliminating the threat. They are no longer serve and protect. They are hunt and take them down. They wint have to pay out unless this oor woman has family. If they do they need to start fighting now the clocks ticking. Honestly just another video depicting the lack of training these men have. Pathetic really.

StevenThomas1949
StevenThomas1949

Cops murdered a Hostage and should be charged with murder and Locked up! Taxpayers will pay out on this case!