Officers Who Shot Innocent Women Return to Public Street Patrol.

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Eight South-Californian police officers who mistakenly shot two innocent women during the hunt for a spree killer last February are returning to duty. The eight officers shot at the wrong pickup truck over 100 times, seriously injuring both women in the process. All eight officers will soon return to duty. When asked about the decision to allow them back on the street Police Chief Charlie Beck responded: “I have confidence in their abilities as LAPD officers to continue to do their jobs in the same capacity they had been assigned. In the end, we as an organization can learn from this incident and from the individuals involved.”


Former Las Angeles Police Department Officer Christopher Dorner went on a killing spree in February 2013, leaving four people dead and three injured. The LAPD organized one of the largest manhunts in its history, searching for Dorner throughout the Southwestern US and Mexico.


On February 7, 48-year-old Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother Emma Hernandez were delivering newspapers when their blue Toyota pickup was mistaken for Dorner’s gray Nissan Titan by police. They fired more than 100 shots at the vehicle, injuring the women and demolishing the pickup. The city of Los Angeles agreed on a $4.2 million settlement plus the $40,000 compensation for the truck. During the trial, Chief Charlie Beck claimed that all responsible officers would be severely punished. “Discipline could be anywhere from extensive retraining up to termination,” said Beck, but the only action taken was to place the officers in temporary administrative positions. A leaked internal memo revealed all eight officers will return to public street patrolling after limited additional training.

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