LBPD released a video of how a journalist was hit with a projectile
The Long Beach Police Department has released video footage from the May 31st unrest, following the peaceful George Floyd protest earlier in the day, that injured an L.A based journalist who was shot in the throat with a less-lethal foam round.
The LBPD in an explanatory video states that around 4:30 p.m., "Officers began observing nearby demonstrators, throwing items, including glass bottles and water bottles in the direction of officers," and declared the protest an unlawful assembly and ordered the crowd to disperse.
According to the police, the first dispersal order was at roughly 4:45 p.m.
Police say they used "less-lethal launchers," commonly known as a riot gun, to "target specific individuals."
KPCC/LAist reporter Adolfo Guzman-Lopez was finishing up an interview in the 3rd street and Pine Avenue area when he was hit with what police say, "may have been a ricochet round from a less-lethal launcher."
At the time on Twitter, Mr.Guzman-Lopez said, "I just got hit by a rubber bullet near the bottom of my throat. I had just interviewed a man with my phone at 3rd, and Pine and a police officer aimed and shot me in the throat, I saw the bullet bounce onto the street @LAist @kpcc, OK, that's one way to stop me, for a while".
LBPD investigators concluded that two riot guns were deployed one round each, one at 6:20 and another at 6:45 p.m., during the when two suspects threw water bottles at officers.
What they're saying:
Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna reportedly told Mr. Guzman-Lopez: "It looks like you were inadvertently hit with a round that ricocheted either off something or somebody," during a meeting with Guzman-Lopez and other journalists last week, the LAist reports.
Luna also reportedly said, "We will never know which one of those [officers] fired the round" that hit Mr. Guzman-Lopez.
Keep this in mind:
The LBPD is facing a lawsuit from a woman who lost a part of her finger when it was hit with a "less-lethal" projectile by Long Beach police officers during the May 31st unrest, per FORTH.Org.
Dr. Bobby Carey told FORTH.org that he was shot in the forearm with a KIP by Long Beach police.