Black man killed by Los Angeles police had his hands in the air, BLM activists say
Los Angeles police shot and killed a man following a pursuit through a south L.A. neighborhood on Saturday. Officer Drake Madison in the Los Angeles Police Department's media relations section confirmed to Mic that the shooting happened at 12:57 p.m. Pacific.
Reached by phone, Drake said a gun was recovered from the scene, but did not release the name of the deceased. No further details could be given out due to the ongoing investigation, he said. A police officer on the scene gave a similar narrative of events.
Local media reported that the man was fatally shot by police in the backyard of home near 1700 block of 107th Street. At the scene, which was cordoned off by officers, the mother of the man killed was caught on video asking police if she could enter the scene to see her son.
In a tweet, activists in a Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter identified the shooting victim as 18-year-old "CJ" and said he was running away from police with his hands up in the air. Another person identified the victim as "Tiny E Dubb."
Activists who had gathered at the scene later told members of the press that the man killed is Carnell "CJ" Snell. One activist, dressed in a black and yellow BLM T-shirt, said the man was shot in the back.
A few hours after the shooting, the BLM group issued an "all out" call to more than 18,400 followers.
According the Los Angeles Times, a crowd immediately gathered around the area of the shooting and were yelling at police.
Oct. 1, 2016, 9:20 p.m. Eastern: This story has been updated.