LA police filmed killing homeless man

A police commander says the man was suspected of robbery and started fighting with police.

An image of the LA police beating the homeless man. Picture: Screengrab Youtube Anonymous Gui.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the Los Angeles police force have been filmed shooting and killing a homeless man.

According to the LA Police they confronted the man outside a homeless shelter.

At least one pulls out a taser.

Then a voice yells "Drop the gun!" Seconds later five gunshots ring out.

The police commander says the man was suspected of robbery and started fighting with police.

Investigators say the man tried to reach for the officer ' s gun.

Deeply troubled by another police shooting. This time by the LAPD who shot a homeless man today near Skid Row. Something is terribly wrong in this country... (link full video and story in my bio)

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This follows in the wake of the killings by police of Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin among others in the US.