O Departamento de Polícia de Los Angeles, nos Estados Unifos, investiga denúncia de que policiais atiraram com balas de borracha nos olhos de um homem cadeirante, em meio a um protesto contra a violência da polícial e o racismo.
Fotos mostram o homem, que também é sem teto, sangrando nos olhos na última terça-feira (02/06). Uma imagem fotógrafo Kirk Tsonos viralizou maciçamente, mostrando o homem na frente de uma fila de policiais, curvado para a frente na cadeira de rodas enquanto o sangue escorria do rosto.
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Tue, 2/2 • As I was being arrested for my second day in a row during peaceful protests in support of Black Lives Matter, I decided to continue taking photos until the moment right before handcuffs were put on me. Very risky, but a necessary move to expose LAPD's entirely inexcusable use of aggressive force, especially in the moments before mass arrests of peaceful protestors. As we were being boxed in on Broadway & 5th Street to be arrested, LAPD decided that a completely unarmed homeless man in a wheelchair that had NOTHING to do with our protest was somehow a threat. They proceeded to inappropriately shoot "non-lethal" rounds directly at his face, which is against the proper procedure for firing rubber bullets. The last image is exceptionally heart-breaking for me as you can visibly see the homeless man writhing in pain, screaming, as he spews blood from his face moments after getting shot. When people want to be apathetic or inactive in fighting against police brutality against black individuals, make them realize this trickles over & can affect them or someone they love too, regardless if they're black or not. This is completely unacceptable. This injustice needs to be held accountable. Expose this. Edit: We have tracked down the homeless man who was shot in this photo. His name is Charf Lloyd. His GoFundMe link is now live. Link is in my bio. ATTENTION: If you see this photo posted anywhere, please make sure credit is given to @fwdset. ALL sales from this photo will be donated to a BLM org/charity, so photo credit will help to direct media purchase inquiries to me. I will NOT be profiting of the pain & suffering of others. Thank you everyone for sharing.
Tsonos escreveu que o homem estava desarmado e não estava envolvido com os protestos, e que a polícia disparou balas “diretamente em seu rosto”.
“Estamos cientes da foto e das alegações e ainda estamos tentando entender o contexto e as circunstâncias em torno do que aconteceu”, disse o porta-voz da LAPD Josh Rubenstein. “Uma investigação pessoal foi iniciada”.
A Polícia de Los Angeles também disse que não poderia “especular” sobre a lesão do homem sem “mais investigações”.