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LAPD defends fatal shooting of unarmed naked man

Community leaders question the use of deadly force, but the department says the former college football player was punching officers and trying to take their guns when one officer shot him.

The Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday said that two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a former college football player in Playa Vista were "fighting for their lives" in the moments before one of them discharged his weapon.

The statement about the shooting of Reginald Doucet Jr., who was unarmed and naked when he encountered police Friday morning, came as a prominent civil rights activist questioned why officers couldn't have used non-lethal means to subdue him and called on LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to review the department's training and tactics in dealing with unarmed suspects.

"Is it always going to be a situation where you're going to use deadly force? Because if so, that


Added: Jan-16-2011 Occurred On: Jan-16-2011
By: Zipper10
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