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No Criminal Charges Filed Against LAPD Officer Who Shot and Killed 2

January 10, 2019 - 3:08 pm

(KNX 1070) --  No criminal charges will be filed against an LAPD officer who shot and killed two people in less than two weeks in Boyle Heights

Prosecutors have now found Officer Eden Medina acted in self-defense and to protect others in both 2016 shootings.

Omar Gonzalez was killed first, then 14-year-old Jesse Romero, 12 days later.

A gun was found at each scene.

Attorneys for the families of Gonzalez and Romero contend neither was holding a gun when he was shot.

Prosecutors say Gonzelez ran from police during a traffic stop, repeatedly reached for his waistband and resisted when cops tried to take him into custody. 

Another officer yelled that Gonzalez had a gun. Medina fired two shots.

Body cam video of the incident was released to the public in November of last year. 

The City of Los Angeles initially refused to release the video, but after the Gonzalez family filed a civil lawsuit, the court granted a motion to release it. 

Gonzalez was killed during a stolen vehicle police pursuit in Boyle Heights. Police say Gonzalez was identified as the driver of the vehicle. 

Police allege that during a struggle with Gonzalez was armed with a loaded .25 caliber semiautomatic handgun. 

Gonzalez's family says the video is proof he did not have a gun at the time an officer shot him twice in the back as the LAPD has claimed.

Carrillo says officer Eden Medina, the officer who killed Gonzalez, also shot and killed a 14-year-old nearly two weeks later. That teen’s shooting sparked protests and his mother filed a claim against the city and the LAPD.

"We also want to point out that this LAPD officer that killed our client, Omar Gonzalez, he was not given desk duty. He was not removed from patrol, and twelve days later he kills a 14-year-old teenager," Carrillo said at Thursday's news conference. "We fault the LAPD for keeping him on patrol when clearly, he should have been fired, or he should've been retrained, or he should've been given a medical leave so that he can sort out the issues of killing a man who at the time was not posing a threat to him."

The Police Commission found Medina did NOT violate department policy in either shooting.

In August, it approved a change in LAPD policy that an officer who shoots someone has to wait at least two weeks before going back to the field.