Kyle Harpt, 32, Injured In Los Angeles Police Department Shooting By San Pedro Street and Sixth Street In Skid Row

pexels-kindel-media-7714667 (1)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (April 26, 2024) – A 32-year-old man identified as Kyle Harpt was injured in a Los Angeles Police Department shooting by Sixth Street and San Pedro Street in Skid Row.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place around 2:20 p.m. on April 18. LAPD officers made contact with Kyle Harpt, whom they claim was armed with a knife.

The officers claim that the suspect began running at them before they opened fire. Kyle Harpt collapsed on the sidewalk before being treated by LA Fire Department crew.

He was then transported to a local hospital, where his condition was stabilized. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles Police Department Shooting

Police shootings in Los Angeles are much more common than many people may realize. According to the Los Angeles Times, “LAPD officers shot 27 people, killing seven, in all of 2020, and shot 26 people, killing 12, in 2019, The Times reported. Officers shot 33 people in 2018. The 26 shootings in 2019 marked a 30-year low in the number of LAPD shootings in a given year, and a dramatic drop in such shootings from a high of more than 100 per year in the early 1990s.” Police departments should take a number of measures in order to avoid injuring suspects in shootings.

  • Police officers should get comprehensive training on de-escalation techniques.
  • Police officers should be equipped with less lethal alternatives to their firearms.
  • Police departments should have clear use-of-force policies.

Depending on the facts of any case, a police department could be liable if a suspect is injured. Police officers have a legal obligation to use the least amount of force possible in any given situation. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Victims of police shootings tend to suffer very serious injuries, including:

  • Broken bones
  • Puncture wounds
  • Organ damage
  • Head trauma
  • PTSD
  • Death

Police shootings are often highly avoidable. In far too many situations, they involve suspects in the midst of a mental health crisis. In fact, it has been estimated that people suffering from untreated mental illnesses are nearly 16 times more likely to be killed in a police shooting. Any person who is injured in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Los Angeles Police Department Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to hear about the LAPD shooting that injured Kyle Harpt. All suspects should be afforded due process, regardless of what they are accused of. There have been a number of police shootings within Skid Row in recent months. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into what took place.

Do you need more information about an LAPD shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police brutality and law enforcement neglect. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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