Dramatic video released Tuesday showing Gardena police officers shooting two unarmed men — one fatally — is once again igniting debate about police use of force. And like other cases, some people view the same video in very different ways.
A judge’s decision to release the tape capped months of legal battles, with the city fighting to keep the tape private.
Police have said the shooting was justified and that the dash cam videos from the squad cars don’t tell the whole story. An attorney for the city said this week that one of the videos “looks bad” but that it was not taken from the perspective of officers.
Still, the city paid out $4.7 million to settle a federal lawsuit with victims.