A man has died after being beaten by LAPD officers in Venice


A man died Tuesday when officers used a Taser while trying to arrest him in Venice, LAPD officials said Friday.

The man, identified as Keenan Anderson, was found running in the middle of the street around 3:40 p.m. and “behaving erratically” after the crash at Venice and Lincoln boulevards, according to an LAPD press release. Several people involved in the collision pointed to Anderson as the cause, the report said.

An LAPD officer spoke to Anderson, who was initially a partner and was sitting at the intersection. The officer requested backup for a DUI investigation, the affidavit said.

When additional officers arrived, Anderson suddenly took off running down the middle of Venice Boulevard, the report said.

Officers caught up to him and tackled him for several minutes with a Taser, using their body weight, “strong grips and joint restraints,” the report said.

Officers handcuffed Anderson and “cuffed” his ankles. Los Angeles Fire Department personnel treated Anderson at the scene “to deploy a Taser” and he was taken to a hospital in Santa Monica, the report said.

At the hospital, Anderson went into cardiac arrest and died. The LAPD did not release his age.

Anderson’s death, which the LAPD has classified as a custodial death, is being investigated by the department’s Force Investigations Unit.

Later that afternoon, LAPD officers shot and killed a man armed with a pointed metal object in South Los Angeles, according to the LAPD.

A day earlier, Westlake officers shot and killed a LAPD man wielding a large knife.

Los Angeles Times

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