Chaos Erupts At Meeting of Oversight Commission Over Fatal Shooting of Teen
All hell broke loose at a meeting on Wednesday of the Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission over the fatal shooting of 16-year old Anthony Weber as the community and family pressed for answers.
Weber was killed during a pursuit on Sunday night. In what is a major point of contention, Sheriffs deputies maintain that Weber had a gun, but no weapon was found at the scene, leaving the nine-member civilian board appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors at a disadvantage in dealing with the angry crowd that had gathered at New Congregational Baptist Church.
“It was crazy,” observed Pastor K.W. Tulloss, who heads up the L.A. chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. “The family asked some logical questions like why do we have to hear the 9-1-1 call on the news and where was the gun—why was no gun ever recovered?”
L.A. Sheriff’s contend that the gun was removed by someone in the crowd surrounding the body in the moments immediately following the shooting. But it was when L.A. County Sheriff Captain Chris Bergner replied “no” to the brother of 16-year-old Anthony Weber who’d asked if the family was due anything, that chaos erupted.
“They went nuts,” Tulloss said. “There was cursing. Family members spit at one of the officers. People were opening up water bottles and emptying them on the floor, jumping on the stage. They tore the police oversight sign down and started flipping name tags over.”
“It was a missed opportunity for the L.A. Sheriff’s department to put to bed mistrust between law enforcement and the community,” said Pastor Xavier Thompson, who serves as vice-chair of the Civilian Oversight Commission. “We wanted to create a substantive dialogue. This commission was intended to be a bridge, a liaison for the community, who are our stakeholders. Sadly, it appears we have a long way to go.”
A full investigation of the shooting is underway.