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Fatal Shooting Is 7th for City Police

August 08, 1990|RICHARD A. OPPEL JR. | TIMES STAFF WRITER

The shooting will be investigated by the department's homicide unit, which will turn over its findings to the district attorney's office. The shooting also will be reviewed by the Police Department's internal affairs division. Finally, the Citizen Review Board on Police Practices will investigate.

Last month, that 20-member board was given the power to investigate every case in which a policeman's bullet strikes a member of the public.

From 1985 to 1989, San Diego police fatally shot 33 people, said Arthur Ellis, vice chairman of the Citizen Review Board.

"We've had quite a rash the last few months," Ellis said. "New York has far fewer incidences of deadly force used by its police department per 1,000 people.

"We're in the process of being involved in reviewing this shooting," he added.

Police spokesman Bill Robinson emphasized how thoroughly police shootings are reviewed.

"I know there have been a lot, but an officer uses deadly force to neutralize a deadly threat," he said.

"These cases are extensively reviewed, internally and externally."

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