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Young LAPD 'Top Shot' Under Scrutiny After Fatal Shooting - Page 2

Officer Toni McBride, 23, has been sued by the family of Daniel Hernandez
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2020 10:15 AM CDT

  • More on her: McBride also earned "top shot" honors in her police academy class, and she appeared in a cover profile of the Blue Press, a firearms ammunition catalog. She's also the daughter of Jamie McBride, described by Los Angeles Magazine as a powerful figure in the LAPD union. That's adding a whole new political wrinkle to the investigation and the district attorney's race, and the magazine digs into that.
  • Lawsuit: Hernandez's teenage daughter has filed a federal civil rights suit, arguing that McBride had "reckless violent and homicidal propensities," reports NBC Los Angeles. Generally, the family feels McBride was too quick to resort to deadly force. The Times talks to an outside expert, however, who defends the officer's actions as a "clear-cut justified shooting." McBride is back on patrol as the investigation unfolds.
  • LAPD: The department says it doesn't monitor officers' activity outside the job, but the lawyer for Hernandez's daughter says that should change. "I don't think a peace officer should be glorifying guns and violence like this," Narine Mkrtchyan tells the Appeal. "The way she rejoices at these shooting ranges—I think it shows a very immature police officer." She adds: "We really think LAPD should discipline her. If it wasn't for her trigger happiness, I don't think this would have happened."
(Read more LAPD stories.)

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