Activists pressure panel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Activists, including Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad and Bethel AME Church Pastor Lewis Logan, called for Garcia to be fired. Many directed their remarks at Police Commission President John Mack, a longtime civil-rights leader. “We want justice,” Logan said. “Mr. Mack, you can make a difference.” Mack called the Devin Brown case a “high-priority matter” that he and his colleagues are taking very seriously. “The past eight months the ball was in the district attorney’s court,” he said. “Now it is in our court.” LAPD investigators will finish their probe within days and an internal use-of-force review board will consider the matter Dec. 28, said Chief William Bratton. The chief will then make a recommendation that he expects the Police Commission to consider in mid-January, weeks before the state deadline runs out for disciplining a peace officer. Andre Birotte Jr., the commission’s inspector general, told the crowd that the District Attorney’s Office report is not relevant to the administrative investigation. “We do review this case with a fresh set of eyes,” he said. A number of speakers echoed the criticism of a lawyer for Devin Brown’s family, who said the report failed to emphasize Officer Garcia’s location at the time of the shooting. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A group of black leaders on Tuesday denounced the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office’s decision not to prosecute the police officer who killed 13-year-old Devin Brown, while LAPD officials said their internal review should wrap up by mid-January. The response came a day after prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to file charges against the officer who fired 10 shots at the African-American teenager Feb. 6 as he backed a stolen car into a police cruiser at the end of a chase. Several dozen community activists came to voice their anger before the Police Commission, which will ultimately decide whether Officer Steven Garcia should be disciplined. “The NAACP is concerned,” said Geraldine Washington, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “We intend to come back and stay until we get some justice.” last_img read more