August 26, 2011, 7:00:00 AM
Cops Not Guilty Of Unreasonable Force In Mistaken Killing Of Child Hostage: Appeals Court
Chuck Remsberg, Editor-in-Chief
An internationally publicized case of a tragic shooting in which Force Science testimony was given has been decided by a California appellate court in favor of the involved officers.
Controversial from the beginning, the headline-grabbing case concerned a tense standoff between LAPD SWAT and a drug-deranged father who was holding his 19-month-old daughter in his arm as a hostage and human shield. In a desperate showdown, officers killed the offender in a fusillade of bullets--but also, inadvertently, killed the child.