Los Angeles police officers were administering “street justice” when they mistakenly opened fire on two newspaper carriers on a Torrance street as they protected a captain’s house from suspected gunman Christopher Dorner, an attorney said Friday. | PHOTOS
Glen T. Jonas, who represents Emma Hernandez, 71, and her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47, said the officers faced a unique situation Thursday morning, but made no effort to identify who they were shooting. Like Dorner, the women were in a pickup truck, but it was a different make and a different shade of blue, he said.
“I don’t want to beat the war drum here, but it’s clear that they didn’t make any attempt to match the description and they used deadly force without giving anyone in that car an opportunity to surrender,” Jonas said. “You have two basic violations of protocol and the result is that because of that, they are endangering citizens.”
The shooting riddled the women’s truck with bullets, wounding Hernandez twice in the back. She was recovering in a hospital’s intensive care unit Friday, but was expected to survive, possibly with permanent physical effects, Jonas said.
“The bullet ricocheted and caused a lot of damage,” Jonas said.
Her daughter was hit in the hand, either with a bullet or broken glass, he said.
“Margie physically is ok,” Jonas said. “But she is emotionally and mentally wrecked as you can imagine the shock.”
The Los Angeles Times carriers rolled onto the 19500 block of Redbeam Avenue at 5:10 a.m. and quickly found themselves in the middle of the manhunt for Dorner, a former Los Angeles police Harbor Division officer seeking revenge against the families of police officials who fired him three years ago.
“It’s obvious that police wanted to execute this guy,” Jonas said. “They forgot the reason there are rules of engagement. Thank God nobody is dead. It’s street justice. That’s always unacceptable.”
This is insane. They’re ripping people out of their cars, searching everyone, shooting at and killing people.
I swear the LAPD and NYPD are in a competition with each other.