On Saturday June 18, 2022, around 8:30 p.m., patrol officers assigned to Northeast, Hollenbeck, Newton, Central, Olympic and 77th Street Divisions responded to an “Officer Needs Help Call” at a construction site due to a large group gathering for an unpermitted concert in the 600 block of South Anderson Street (under the 101 Freeway bridge). Approximately 200 unruly persons threw fireworks, rocks and bottles at the officers and a skirmish line was established. Following several dispersal orders given by officers for the crowd to leave the area, officers moved in to disperse the crowd. While dispersing the crowd, several suspects began throwing lit fireworks at the officers which caused the deployment of several .40mm Less-Lethal Launcher (40mm LLL) munitions.
At around 9:30 p.m., an unknown male suspect was observed throwing fireworks at the officers. A police officer assigned to Northeast Area observed the unknown male discharge the fireworks at officers and advised an officer from Newton Area, assigned a .40mm launcher, of the suspect’s location. The Newton officer discharged one .40mm LLL round at the unidentified suspect. Simultaneously, the subject stood in the foreground at the base of the dirt mound next to the suspect when this less-lethal round was fired. The subject was stuck in the face with an unknown object and later left the location.
On June 19, 2022, the subject went to the hospital for the injury he sustained at the unpermitted concert and was hospitalized. Hollenbeck Patrol Division was notified of the hospitalization and a supervisor was dispatched to investigate. The Hollenbeck supervisor then notified Force Investigation Division (FID) for an on-scene assessment. The subject was uncooperative with FID investigators as to how and when he sustained his injures. FID investigators began reviewing Body Worn Video (BWV) of officers that responded to the incident to determine if this was a LERI incident.
On July 6, 2022, FID investigators were able to identify the subject standing next to the suspect throwing fireworks at officers. It was determined during FIDs preliminary investigation that the subject was inadvertently struck in the forehead with a .40mm LLL round causing his injuries and his hospitalization.
Force Investigation Division detectives are investigating this incident.