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Police Commission rules LAPD officer justified in fatally shooting 14-year-old in Boyle Heights

Police Commission rules LAPD officer justified in fatally shooting 14-year-old in Boyle Heights

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday that officers were justified in firing their guns in two separate shootings, including a controversial encounter in Boyle Heights that left a 14-year-old boy dead.

In a 3-1 vote, the civilian panel determined that last summer’s shooting of Jesse Romero fell within the Los Angeles Police Department’s rules for using deadly force. The board, however, unanimously faulted one officer’s tactics leading up to the shooting.

The commissioners were also unanimous in deciding that another officer was justified in shooting 18-year-old Kenney Watkins in South L.A.

The decisions followed a meeting that was tense at times, as activists...

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