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).
It’s been over 72 hours since 29-year-old Brendon Glenn was shot and killed in Venice after having an altercation of some sorts with the LAPD. While all of the details have yet to be fully verified, what we do know is that Brendon is dead.
And while there is video of Brendon’s untimely demise, it’s not video that we are going to see anytime soon if Los Angeles Chief Charlie Beck has anything to say about it. Like a kid with a brand new toy who doesn’t want to share with the rest of the children, he’s going to keep the public from seeing that video for as long as he can.
The only thing Chief Beck would put out was that it was a Black-on-Black crime of sorts by identifying one of the cops as being African-American during his news conference. He probably didn’t think we caught that, oh but we did. When did the Chief of the Los Angeles Police start identifying cops involved in officer-involved shootings by race? Exactly, that part right there.
However, in the meantime, since we know the name of the victim and since a sufficient amount of time has passed for both the officers involved and the LAPD to have gotten their affairs in order, I thought I’d share what I know about Brendon’s death.
First let me say that contrary to popular belief, I do not believe that most police officers take pleasure in killing people. Call me naive, but that’s how I feel about it.
The officer who killed Brendon, at least from my initial research, doesn’t seem to have a pattern of abuse, misconduct or a history of killing people. From what I can tell so far, he’s just a regular patrol officer who might not see a lot of action on any given day. I could be wrong, but that’s what I have found so far.
He’s probably just as torn up about the shooting as the community is about him having killed Brendon.
His partner on the other appears to have been through this before when a previous partner shot and killed someone.
In 2011, a LAPD officer shot and killed a half naked Reggie Doucet in Playa Vista. Doucet was former Middle Tennessee State cornerback working as a trainer at the time of his death.
According to the LAPD, the use of deadly force was justified because the officer reasonably feared he was in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death after the well-built, athletic Doucet punched him at least six times and reached for his gun.
All this information was bound to come out sooner or later–but I’m going to opt for the sooner in my efforts to continue to help Chief Beck with being accountable and transparent.
Remember folks, I don’t work for the LAPD. So the information I am given is because other people who do work for the department agree that there’s a problem and that problem is on the 10th floor of the Los Angeles Police Department.
They know like I know that when Chief Beck and his brass wearing band of merry men and women talk out of the sides of their neck, it makes the whole department look incompetent and like they have something to hide.
Kind of like Thursday night at the department’s Pacific Area Community town hall meeting where Deputy Chief Bea Girmala did not know whether or not the officer involved in the shooting who was injured had been interviewed yet. Which I found hard to believe, as did the audience, especially given the fact that it had already been reported on the news multiple times by then that he had been.
Now for the record, none of this is really a secret. I mean the one cop who was injured was all over the news on his crutches and continues to be every time they roll b-roll during an update of the story.
At any rate, here’s what I know about who killed Brendon Glenn: