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No Charges for LA Cops Who Shot Innocent Women's Truck More Than 100 Times

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No Charges for LAPD Officers who Shot Newspaper Delivery Truck Over 100 Times After Mistaken ID - Sputnik International
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Los Angeles police officers, who fired over 100 rounds at two innocent women during a manhunt for former officer Christopher Dorner, will not face charges, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced last week.

On February 7, 2013, mother and daughter duo Emma Hernandez, 71, and Margie Carranza, 47 were delivering Los Angeles Times newspapers at around 5:00 AM when officers mistook their light blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck for a Nissan Titan pickup that Dorner was reportedly driving.

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Hernandez was shot twice, in the lower back and in the scapula. Carranza was severely cut by glass shards from broken windows in the hail of bullets.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck originally admitted the eight officers involved in the shooting violated the department’s deadly force policy, but later changed his mind, allowing them to return to work.

Dorner had killed two citizens and two police officers during a rampage after being fired from his job, which he believed happened because he reported the brutality of a co-worker. Following the killing spree, a manifesto by the former police officer was discovered, detailing his perception of corruption within the department.

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Police believed that Dorner would target the home of Captain Justin Eisenberg, and officers were parked outside his home on the morning of the incident. Hernandez and Carranza passed by delivering newspapers, and, as they threw a paper onto a driveway, eight officers conducting a stakeout opened fire. A total of 103 bullets were fired, hitting seven nearby homes and nine other vehicles.

“The fear of Dorner was understandable and justified,” a memo from the District Attorney read. “There is no evidence to suggest that the officers did not honestly believe that Dorner was in the vehicle, nor is there evidence to suggest that the officers did not honestly believe they were being fired upon.”

The women sued the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department, and received a $4.2 million settlement.

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