Family of Woman Killed in Trader Joe's Standoff Blasting LAPD for 'Edited' Video

September 04, 2018 - 3:11 pm

(KNX 1070/AP) -- The family of the woman killed during the Trader Joe’s standoff is blasting the LAPD for its newly released, edited video of the incident. 

The video released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows officers chasing suspect Gene Evin Atkins after they say he shot his grandmother and kidnapped his girlfriend.

It includes about six minutes of footage from the 14-minute car chase, the ensuing July 21 shootout with police outside a Trader Joe's, and the hourslong standoff inside the grocery store after the gunman took hostages. It also includes lengthy messages from two department officials.

The family of the Trader Joe's assistant manager who was shot to death by Los Angeles Police officers during a gun battle in July is criticizing the way the LAPD has been handling the investigation.   

Ron Rosengarten is one of the attorneys representing Mely Corado's family. He says they've tried to take the high road, asking for honest answers as to why she was shot and killed. He says, however, the LAPD and its lawyers have so far chosen not to answer those questions. He says hopefully going forward, the family will get these answers.

Another attorney calls the video of the shooting released by the LAPD today a "slickly-produced public relations piece."

"Rather than act in a spirit of transparency, (police) have turned it into a public relations effort to shine the most favorable light on the actions of the officers that were involved in this shooting," said attorney John Taylor at a news conference. "They want to control the narrative."

Despite multiple requests, Taylor said the department has refused to release unedited car, helicopter and officer body-camera footage of the shooting.

Corado's father, Albert Corado, spoke through tears about his daughter at the news conference, saying she "was a very special person who loved her family and friends."

"We are devastated by her loss," he said. "We have many questions about how Mely died but we don't have any answers."

Department spokesman Josh Rubenstein didn't return a message seeking comment. He's one of the department officials who speaks to viewers in the video, saying it's meant to help the public "gain a better understanding of what occurred that afternoon based on what we know right now."