The union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers has lashed out at LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for comments suggesting that the police slaying of an unarmed man during a scuffle in Venice Beach was unjustified.

At a news conference after viewing footage of the incident, Beck said Tuesday night’s shooting may have been an excessive use of force by the officers involved.

“Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that, and I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances,” he said. “I don’t know what was in the officer’s mind.”

Beck’s comments drew sharp criticism from the head of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally, who called the chief’s remarks “completely irresponsible”.

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