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Patrice Cullers, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, claims the Los Angeles Police Department is responsible for killing her cousin during a traffic stop. Let’s see about it in detail.
Did LAPD Cops Kill Keenan Anderson?
A cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrice Cullers was killed by Los Angeles police after he was involved in a traffic accident and officers who appeared repeatedly electrocuted him and detained him in the middle of the street, according to body camera footage and his family account.
Keenan Anderson, a 31-year-old father and high school teacher, was shown begging for help as several officers held him down in footage of the Jan. 3 confrontation that was released Wednesday.
At one point, Anderson said,
‘They’re trying to frame me for George Floyd’
in the video. As Anderson lay, a cop had his elbow on his neck. A second officer then punched Tased Anderson for about 30 seconds without stopping, then again for five seconds.
Here’s body camera footage of the LAPD’s interaction with Keenan Anderson, who BLM co-founder Patrice Cullers claims is her cousin. pic.twitter.com/kUOKuIsmu2
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Cullers told the Guardian after watching the LAPD footage,
“My cousin was begging for help and he didn’t get it. He was killed,”
“Nobody deserves to die in fear, panic and fear for their lives. My cousin was scared for his life. He spent the last 10 years witnessing a movement challenging the killing of blacks. He knew what was at stake and was trying to defend himself. No one wanted to defend him.”
Police chased Anderson on his motorcycle until he finally took off running, yelling “Get on the ground, now” and “Turn over on your stomach.”
As several officers arrived and began to hold him down, Anderson screamed, “Please help me” and “They’re trying to kill me” repeatedly. Anderson was lying on his back on the ground when one of them put his elbow and weight on his neck. “Turn around or I’ll kill you,” the officer roared at him at that moment. Anderson kept saying “help me” as the officer instructed him to stop struggling during the Tasing.
He was taken to a hospital by paramedics after they arrived on the scene, where the LAPD said he went into cardiac arrest four and a half hours later and died.
Keenan Anderson Cause of Death
The cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrice Cullers has died after being hit by Los Angeles police during a traffic stop. She claimed her cousin was one of three people killed by Los Angeles police this year in an Instagram tribute to her cousin, claiming his death was the result of police brutality.
On January 3, 31-year-old Keenan Anderson was found guilty of a car accident in the center of Venice Boulevard. He was “acting erratically,” according to authorities, and tried to escape cops’ grasp as they tried to conduct a DUI investigation.
The officers struggled with Anderson until they had no choice but to use their Tasers in addition to physical restraints to restrain him. He was handcuffed and his ankles were taped together.
As a result of the altercation, he suffered a cardiac arrest and later died in hospital.
About Keenan Anderson
According to Cullers, Anderson, who leaves behind a young child, was teaching English at Digital Pioneers Academy, a predominantly black school in Washington, D.C., while visiting LA. He has worked at a number of other schools in the past, including a charter school in Watts, Los Angeles.
Cullers said she, Anderson and their extended family left Louisiana
“get rid of racism, get rid of white racist terror and the structures that affect our communities.”
Three women are credited with creating the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. One of them is Cullers, a lifelong organizer who spoke out about her brother’s torture in a Los Angeles prison.
“He was so dedicated to his students. He was so present for them and was an educator who believed in education. She recalled how Anderson was pushed at a young age to “be a better human being, make a difference and impact people’s lives.”
Los Angeles-based Black Lives Matter co-founder Dr. Melina Abdullah, who accompanied Cullers to watch the body cam footage, said Wednesday:
“It’s a reminder that when we say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ we mean our Black Lives Matter. We are not fighting for a cause, we are fighting for our own lives and for our people.”
“We know that the LAPD caused Keenan’s death.”
“We know that a minor traffic accident should not have resulted in the death of anyone, let alone the death of this black man who was clearly unarmed and doing nothing wrong.”
Cullors and Advocates question his death
Cullers and other activists questioned the need to send armed police to an incident. It happened in a car accident.
Police should have contacted the ambulance and not treated him as a potential criminal, Cullers argued. “If there was a policy where traffic stops were met with unarmed professionals coming to the scene to assist in any situation that occurred, it would have prevented my cousin’s death. And it would have prevented so many other deaths.
“These kinds of killings and this kind of force will not be stopped unless brave elected officials step forward and challenge not only the police but the policies.
At a news conference, Los Angeles Police Chief Michelle Moore said that Anderson was acting in an “erratic” manner and had a “medical emergency” and that a preliminary blood test found that he had cocaine and cannabis in his system.
However, no official cause of death has been determined and activists have criticized the agency for releasing this information and suggesting drug use as a factor in his death.
It’s unclear what role the physical struggle with officers and the use of a Taser played in his unfortunate death, according to Moore, who claimed Anderson was in an “altered mental state.” Moore said the Taser was “activated” on Anderson ten times, but that not all of the deployments were “effective.” He added: “I will pay close attention to the use of the Taser as the investigation continues.”
According to LAPD policy,
“There is no preset limit on the number of times a Taser can be used in a particular situation, but officers should generally avoid repeated or simultaneous activations to avoid potential injury.”
In a statement, Mayor Karen Bass described Anderson’s video and the two fatal shootings this month as “deeply disturbing,” saying:
“We need to reduce the use of force in general, and I have absolutely no tolerance for excessive force. . . . When there is no immediate risk to others, law enforcement should not be the first to respond when someone is experiencing a mental health crisis.”
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