Mayoral Support - LA Style
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also offered a vigorous defense Thursday of the officers involved, saying they were heroes who "acted with bravery."
"Let's be clear, and I will be, about what happened in the Westlake area," Villaraigosa told reporters. "There was a man with a knife. That man with a knife was threatening individuals, innocent people who were on the street there. That man was in close proximity — in fact, the facts will show that actually he had his hand on at least one person at some point in that altercation.
"We've got to go through an investigation," Villaraigosa said. "But when it's all said and done, I'll guarantee you what's going to come out is that these guys are heroes, and I stand by them."
We've never seen anything approaching this sort of statement in any police shooting in all of our years. Neither has any old timer we've approached. The closest thing we can even recall is old man Daley's "shoot to kill arsonists" order.
Nowadays? Reverends up in arms, lawyers lining up with their hands out, Corp Counsel negotiating dollar amounts and the City Council signing off on any settlement that passes by. Maybe the LA Mayor can write a book and then someone here can steal every idea out of it?
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