Protesters Outraged Over Suspect Shot After Pointing Gun-Like Bike Part At Cop

Holly Matkin

LAPD Sergeant Colin Langsdale and a witness both believed the object Victor Valencia pointed at the sergeant was a gun.

Los Angeles, CA – Outraged protesters staged a rally to denounce the fatal officer-involved shooting of a man who pointed what appeared to be a handgun at a Los Angeles police sergeant.

Investigators later determined that the item was a bicycle part that closely resembled the appearance of an actual firearm, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“I don’t care if he had a hot dog that looked like a gun – it wasn’t a gun!” Los Angeles Community Action Network organizer General Dogon told the paper. “We’ve got to make [the police] accountable.”

The incident began at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 11, when the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) received a report of a man with a gun near South Venice Boulevard and South Sepulveda Boulevard, the LAPD said in a press release.

The suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Victor Valencia, was walking along Venice Boulevard near a homeless encampment at the 405 Freeway overpass when he was spotted by LAPD Sergeant Colin Langsdale, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Sgt. Langsdale is a Pacific Patrol Division field supervisor, according to the Los Angeles Times.

When the sergeant got out of his patrol vehicle to make contact with Valencia, the suspect suddenly pointed at him with what Sgt. Langsdale believed was a firearm.

A witness later told investigators that he also believed that the object the suspect was pointing at the sergeant was a gun.

Sgt. Langsdale opened fire, striking Valencia an unknown number of times, the Los Angeles Times reported.

He was still holding the suspected firearm after he collapsed to the ground.

“A bicycle part with a physical makeup very similar to a handgun was located at the scene,” Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said.

Valencia was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he died of his wounds.

No officers or bystanders were injured during the altercation, the LAPD said in the press release.

Although records from the coroner’s office indicated Valencia was not homeless at the time of the shooting, protesters declared that he was, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The group, which gathered at the intersection where the shooting occurred to protest the incident on Jan. 17, insisted that members of the nearby homeless encampment had told Valencia to leave because of his mental health issues.

“Victor Valencia was houseless and apparently struggled with mental health issues,” White People 4 Black Lives organizer Adam Smith told the Los Angeles Times. “Should being poor and sick in Los Angeles be a death sentence?”

Protesters demanded that police release bodycam footage, 911 transcripts, and a photo of the bicycle part.

The photo was released several hours after the demonstration, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Smith alleged that the more law enforcement officers respond to reports involving homeless and mentally ill people, the greater the likelihood those people will be killed by officers.

“We continue to see LAPD as first responders to the struggles of poverty,” he declared. “We continue to see LAPD as first responders to struggles with mental health…And that increased enforcement and contact with the LAPD will continue to produce dire outcomes.”

The LAPD’s specialized Force Investigation Division is handling the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting, which is also being overseen by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office’s Justice System Integrity Division and the Office of the Inspector General, according to the department.

Chief Moore, the Board of Police Commissioners, and the Office of the Inspector General will determine whether or not Sgt. Langsdale’s use of deadly force complied with the LAPD’s policies and procedures, and the district attorney’s office will determine whether or not the sergeant violated any criminal laws.

Comments (47)
flybynight
flybynight

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

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roller
roller

If it looks like a gun, it is a gun until proven otherwise.

flybynight
flybynight

General Dogon
Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN)
Community Organizer
General Dogon is an activist, long-time resident of downtown Los Angeles and has been an organizer with the community group Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN) since 2005. He is the lead organizer on all civil rights projects and campaigns. Prior to working at LA CAN, Steve had been a victim of the criminal (in)justice system and had been incarcerated for many years. Since his return to the Skid Row community in Downtown LA, the most heavily policed community in the nation and home to the largest concentration of homeless and formerly homeless people in the region, he has been dedicated to educating people about their civil and human rights and how to defend them. Dogon helped launch LA CAN’s police monitoring project in 2005 and has worked on numerous community-lawyering projects to fight against and reverse the policies of the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department that criminalize homelessness and poverty.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

No different than if you point a BB gun at an officer.... if it looks like a gun at the initial glance, and you point it at a good guy with a gun, then you can expect a appropriate response to ensure the officer goes home at the end of the day.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#rolltape

DNW
DNW

Apparently a soul with serious difficulties, even the homeless community there asked him to leave. Don't blame the officer for yet another of life's myriad unfortunate incidences. He may be at peace, now, for all we know.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Those that say he should not have been shot should go through a shoot/no shoot scenario

I think it would help see the light

SheepDawg
SheepDawg

Isn't it interesting that whenever you see these media "experts" go through scenarios that they always have their hand on their holstered weapon? If any uniformed LEO did that in real life these same "experts" and resident trolls would crucify that Officer for escalating the situation. Hypocrites?

Just my opinion
Just my opinion

You people that are complaining about this man being shot, need to get a life! The idiot who pointed a gun look alike at the police officer, deserves what he got! How in the hell was the officer to know that it wasn’t a gun. Try being a police officer, and see what you do in the same situation! Your protesting is asinine!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

So why did he stop him again? For walking down the street?

JBoH
JBoH

Don't bring bicycle parts to a gunfight. Duh.

John Chapman
John Chapman

Tragic for the cop. Why would this guy carry something that looks so much like a gun? I think he wanted people to think it was a gun. Suicide by cop.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

The Communist Agitator calling himself "General Dogon" should learn the LAW. If you CLAIM that you have a gun in your pocket and you point it in the direction of LEOs and it is only your FINGER in you pocket - YOU ARE COMMITING AN ARMED ACT - If you use a Water Pistol, a NERF gun, or YES a FUCKING HOT DOG that LOOKS LIKE a gun and YOU FAIL TO FOLLOW LEOs INSTRUCTIONS - YOU GET DEAD!

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

CRYBABY general dogon is a GUTLESS ZERO. The Officer responded CORRECTLY. I am a private citizen and i will respond with Deadly Force Before i politely ask an IDIOT to explain if he is pointing a real firearm at me. ALL of you arm chair experts puking about the Officer over reacting.....put on black clothing and go run onto the nearest freeway at night.👍

RdnkSinceBirth
RdnkSinceBirth

Those demanding justice should learn not to point gun shaped items at the police. It's that damn simple.

WhatADan
WhatADan

White lives 4 black lives? Seems like the black lives do a good enough job of blaming EVERYTHING on racism and systematic oppression. Now we have white people who have no idea what is like to be black standing up for them? Seems like white guilt at its finest.

Psytex111
Psytex111

"The incident began at approximately 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 11, when the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) received a report of a man with a gun near South Venice Boulevard and South Sepulveda Boulevard, the LAPD said in a press release.

The suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Victor Valencia, was walking along Venice Boulevard near a homeless encampment at the 405 Freeway overpass when he was spotted by LAPD Sergeant Colin Langsdale, the Los Angeles Times reported."

Probable cause for the stop was CLEARLY there.

For those questioning the focus of the LEO on, and then the stop of, a POC: Ask yourself who would fashion and then carry such an item? For what purpose?

Markb4070
Markb4070

Rule #1 cooperate with police. Rule#2. Don’t point shit at police.

Time served.

Stanracer
Stanracer

You point a gun at at officer, you get shot. You point something that looks like a gun, you get shot. That's just common sense.

Oldblue2
Oldblue2

Bike part?????? A part of a bike deliberately cut to look like a gun!!

Hollink31
Hollink31

Looks like a gun could have been a gun. He acted in self defence.

beglove
beglove

How many of you younger people have ever seen a sip gun and how simple it is. The pictured share could have easily been one, or just look at the sharp edge on the front, it would have been easy to jamb that into someone. If you can't control your kids and I really mean this in the correct way, don't blame others that have to live from correcting them. It hurts them as well.

61mouse
61mouse

Split seconds

TXMaverick59
TXMaverick59

I suppose the officer should have said (in a thick British accent no less) "Pardon me sir...but is that a handgun or something cleverly disguised to LOOK like handgun? Oh! It's part of a bicycle frame? You ninny! Why would you point something that looks very much like a handgun at a police officer?"

And, of course...if it HAD been a handgun, the officer would be dead instead of the stupid ass moron that was pointing what LOOKS like it very well could be a handgun!!!

Idiots abound in Commiefornia.


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