“Attorney Glen Jonas said Maggie Carranza, 47, and her mother, 71-year-old Emma Hernandez, were delivering Los Angeles Times newspapers around 5:15 a.m. in Torrance when the officers opened fire on their vehicle,” cbsnews.com reports. “‘There was no warning. There were no orders. No commands. Just gunshots.’ In a news conference, Police Chief Charlie Beck said the officers thought the women’s royal blue Toyota Tacoma matched the description of Dorner’s dark-colored Nissan pickup truck. ‘Tragically, we believe this was a case of mistaken identity by the officers,’ said Beck. Jonas finds that hard to believe . . .
The vehicle is a different color. The license plate doesn’t match. There’s nothing there for you to start shooting people. And even if they had the person in question… Mr. Dorner…you still have to give them an opportunity to get out. You can’t just start administering street justice,” said Jonas.
Carranza suffered minor injuries to her hand from shattering glass.
Hernandez, who was shot in the back, is in ICU at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
What are the odds that LAPD’s trigger-happy cops get a pass? And while it’s great that CBS has tackled this story (which they didn’t do yesterday, before the press conference) what about the other mistaken identity shooting?