Police in downtown Los Angeles were caught on video fatally shooting a homeless man on Sunday during his scuffle with several officers. The man, who neighborhood witnesses said was known as “Africa,” was in a tent on the sidewalk when police arrived, and he was tasered when he refused to comply with police orders to come out, the Los Angeles Times reported.
In the video, five shots are fired after the officers tackle the man and try to subdue him, at one point yelling at him, “Drop the gun!” One witness told the Los Angeles Times that the man tried to grab for one of policemen’s handguns. More than 1.8 million people have watched the video in the six hours since it was uploaded to Facebook by an man named Anthony Blackburn.
(The video, below, is violent and includes some foul language.)