LAPD Officers in Venice Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Transient Wore Privately Owned Body Cameras

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Solomon Turner, 54, protests the May 5, 2015, LAPD officer-involved shooting of Brendon Glenn, a homeless man, in Venice. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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The two Los Angeles police officers involved in last week’s deadly encounter with an unarmed homeless man in Venice were both wearing privately owned body cameras at the time of the shooting, the LAPD said Tuesday.

However, law enforcement sources said that although one of the cameras captured an initial encounter with the man, neither was on during the physical altercation that ended when one officer fatally shot Brendon Glenn.

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The May 5 shooting was also captured by a security camera posted on a nearby building. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters earlier Tuesday that the department had obtained “several pieces of video evidence” but did not elaborate.

Cmdr. Andrew Smith, a department spokesman, confirmed the officers were wearing “personally owned body cameras” but declined to detail what they captured.

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