LOS ANGELES (CBS SF) — Tempers flared in Los Angeles after a police pursuit ended in the shooting death of a black teen.
Dozens of protesters gathered where the shooting happened, near the corner of 107th and South Western Avenue. Police surrounded and blocked off the area.
It all began Saturday afternoon when officers tried to pull over a car with paper plates on the suspicion the vehicle may have been stolen, according to LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery.
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When the driver didn’t stop, a chase ensued.
Police said at one point the passenger in the car bailed and officers pursued him on foot.
Witnesses said they saw the young man run into a backyard.
“We’ve seen the little boy running with the blue shirt on,” said one bystander. “I seen him running with his hands up like ‘don’t shoot me.'”
Neighbors said the officers used too much force because they believe the victim was a teenager.
Police said they found a weapon at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle is still at large.