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IPFS News Link • Police Brutality and Militarization

Inside the 'culture of violence' alleged by LAPD SWAT whistleblower

• By Kevin Rector and Richard Winton

By the time they'd left the scene hours later, the team had fired more than 40 rounds at 29-year-old Anthony Soderberg, including more than a dozen from the helicopter — a first in LAPD history. Many of the rounds were fired from hundreds of feet away, and many came after a bloodied and unarmed Soderberg had exited the home, rolled off the edge of a patio and dropped into a ravine, where he'd later be pronounced dead.

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that the officers had opened fire when they were not in imminent danger or when they were too far away to determine if a threat existed. Of 13 officers investigated, the commission ruled that 12 had used deadly force in a way that "was not objectively reasonable and was out of policy."


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