Los Angeles police officers and cops across the country are trained to view people they’ve just shot as permanent threats. They therefore routinely wait several minutes before approaching these suspects, then focus on handcuffing and searching them, often delaying medical attention or taking no action until paramedics arrive, reports the Los Angeles Times. In a review of nearly 50 LAPD shootings and hours of associated video, the Time also found that officers who failed to administer potentially life-saving aid after certain shootings were not punished, despite a department policy requiring them to assist the injured if they could.
LAPD Use of Force Policy dictates that officers are expected to “render aid” to people they have shot “within the extent of the officer’s training and experience” and “to the level of the equipment available”, but it does not specify what steps officers must take to comply with the order, allowing officers to react very differently after a shooting and officers to judge those actions differently from case to case. other. In the more than 40 police shootings reviewed by the newspaper, none involved someone regaining consciousness or suddenly reaching for a weapon after being shot.