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Los Angeles Police Commission concludes boisterous public session

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In the aftermath of two deadly police shootings in South Los Angeles this weekend, demonstrators voiced anger at LAPD officials during Tuesday’s Police Commission meeting.

What we know:

  • Officers shot and killed Carnell Snell Jr. Saturday after the 18-year-old pointed a loaded gun at police, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said.
  • Today, the LAPD released security video of the chase leading up to the shooting. Police say the video shows Snell Jr. holding a handgun. Watch it here.
  • Officers killed a second man Sunday who they believed had a gun; it turned out to be a replica weapon.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck gives news conference

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Prayer circle outside LAPD headquarters

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Commissioners stay behind to speak with crowd as closed session begins

In a rare move, two members of the Los Angeles Police Commission stayed with the public to discuss criticism of the LAPD even after the rest of the board entered closed session Tuesday.

Commissioners Cynthia McClain-Hill and Shane Goldsmith stayed with the crowd, which at times had shouted down proceedings in open session.

McClain-Hill urged the crowd to keep up the fight for police transparency but warned that statements that appear to encourage the shooting of police do more harm than good.

She was apparently referring to statements made earlier by a protester who asked if it would be fair for her to kill police officers.

Another audience member yelled out after, “This is your only warning,” following the woman’s statement that she would kill police.

McClain-Hill said that the audience needs to trust that the commission is making an effort to increase transparency. The LAPD, she said, has lost the trust of the community.

McClain Hill then said she had to go to the closed session so the closed session would have a quorum; audience members urged her to stay out of the session. She refused, however, to the frustration of the audience.

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LAPD commission meeting ends, but commissioners remain talking to crowd

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The LAPD releases video showing the moments before Saturday’s fatal police shooting

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department released surveillance video of Carnell Snell Jr. just prior to the time the 18-year-old was shot and killed by police on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Police Department released this surveillance video of Carnell Snell Jr. just prior to the 18-year-old being shot and killed by police on Saturday.

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Meeting within a meeting

Melina Abullah, right, and other protesters conduct their own meeting as the LAPD police commission takes a break Tuesday morning.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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‘If they release that video, they can release every damn video’

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Police Commission calls recess as protesters repeatedly interrupt meeting

About a half-hour into Tuesday’s meeting, the commission recessed after repeated interruptions from dozens of protesters packed into the meeting room.

The audience stood with signs as the board walked out of the room. “Stop killing black people,” one read.

“Black lives, they matter here!” protesters chanted. “Black lives, they matter now!”

Matt Johnson, the board’s president, said the recess would last 10 minutes.

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Police commission president says he’ll recommend a process for commission to evaluate LAPD video policy

LAPD Commission President Matt Johnson said he would put a recommendation before the commission within two weeks proposing a process to review the LAPD video policy.

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LAPD releases update and video about South L.A. fatal shooting

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Police Commission president threatens to shut down meeting

Amid repeated interjections from audience members, Los Angeles Police Commission President Matthew M. Johnson threatened to shut down the meeting.

“We need order,” the president said.

“We need order in the streets!” someone shouted back.

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At the ready

Officers in the lobby of LAPD headquarters before the Police Commission meeting Tuesday morning, which may draw big crowds due to two officer-involved shootings over the weekend.
Officers in the lobby of LAPD headquarters before the Police Commission meeting Tuesday morning, which may draw big crowds due to two officer-involved shootings over the weekend.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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