We’re not against the police. We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).
*This story was last updated on 11/20/2015 at 2:56 p.m. Scroll to bottom to see latest updates.
It could be something or it could be nothing, but people don’t usually reach out to me with tall tales of woe regarding the LAPD.
So this is what I want to know. Did the LAPD hit a Black man in downtown Los Angeles today at approximately 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of 6th and Springs Streets? And if so, is it also true that the man was denied medical care for at least 30 minutes while several cops stood around and watched the man laying on ground on his side almost motionless? I would also like to know if it’s true that the man is no longer living.
This story is developing…
I found one eyewitnesses account of what allegedly happened on social media.
I want to thank everyone who reached out to me with information regarding this situation.
It seems that yes, the LAPD did hit a Black man in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday. While I still don’t know his name or if he is alive, it’s clear from the PHOTOS from the eyewitnesses there that the man was in pain and was knocked clear out of his shoes.
Now it’s time for the police department to explain. Who is the man? Were the officers busy talking and not paying attention? Was the driver on a cellphone? And why the incredibly long wait for medical care according to witnesses while officers just stood around and watched him suffer? From the photos it does seem that there wasn’t a lot of compassion for a man they hit. Someone has a lot of explaining to do.
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So this is how this works. The LAPD can put out a press release to announce that Chief Charlie Beck sneezed. So there’s no excuse for the Department not getting ahead of this story yesterday when it happened. Treat it just like an officer-involved-shooting. If a police officer ran over a man, one who appears to be and I’m just guessing –homeless, they have a responsibility to inform the public. They knew there was a crowd and they knew the crowd was taking photos and videos so eventually the information was going to get out. What’s sad is that the witnesses after not seeing or hearing about it in the news reached out to the media to let them know. That’s the Department’s job but occasionally mine when they fail to do theirs.
We’re adding a few more photos we’ve received from a witness.
The paramedics finally arrive
LAPD PSA On Obeying Traffic Rules
No official statement yet from the Department, but my sources tell me that the LAPD is saying that this was a minor incident that happened when officers were on their way to assist in a foot pursuit nearby at around 2:50 p.m. yesterday. They are telling me that the Department only had the man transported to the hospital as a precaution.
Now I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing minor about being hit by a police vehicle and knocked out of your shoes. There’s nothing minor about lying on your side holding your back in the middle of the street while officers surround you. And finally, there’s nothing minor about having to wait 30 minutes for paramedics to arrive on the scene. But hey, that’s just me.
PINAC News is naming the racially ambiguous officer in his 50s who hit the unidentified man as one Officer Mejia. Now I know for a fact the Department has more than one Mejia on staff, so we’ll keep you posted.
“So I was walking down Spring after grabbing a cup of coffee from Spring for Coffee and it happened right in front of me as I approached the corner of Spring and 6th St.
As the officer started making the turn you can tell he was not paying attention at all. He was driving too fast to make the turn safely and did not even come to a complete stop before making the turn.
Then there was a loud Smack! followed by an agonizing scream, he was moaning in pain with his hands in the air as if he was reaching for something. His shoes both were flung from under him and he then went into shock on the ground.
Other cops began to show up and block off the incident. I also noticed the cop move the victim’s shoes from their original location and place them next to the victim which I thought was odd. I became overwhelmed with sadness and shock and I left the scene after a few minutes. I also took a short video of the aftermath and spoke to a few other witnesses.
Please be extra careful when crossing these streets people, this incident could have easily been prevented if either party had been more aware of their surroundings. I’ll stick around for a bit, if anyone has any questions leave a comment and i’ll reply as soon as I can.”
Eyewitness video of the LAPD moving the shoes of the man they just hit with their vehicle. So I need one of the many officers who read my blog to explain to me in great detail the circumstances which would warrant the LAPD moving items at the scene of an accident.
11/20/2015 2:56 p.m.
A LAPD insider sent me a tip saying that the racial ambiguous officer who hit the unidentified man in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday is one George Mejia. This officer knows him from working Rampart together and from a little pepper spraying incident in which my source says almost cost Officer Mejia his job. #teamwork