LAPD TOP SHOT SHOOTING
She was known as a ‘top shot.’ Now an L.A. cop is at the center of a deadly shooting
LAPD TOP SHOT SHOOTING KILLING A MAN WITH A KNIFE
Just 23 years old and near the start of her life in law enforcement, Toni McBride brimmed with youthful exuberance.
A slew of online videos show the Los Angeles Police Department officer blasting away at targets,
With prize-winning speed and accuracy, on a gun range in the Simi Valley foothills.
McBride, an officer in LAPD’s Newton Division, fired an array of shotguns, pistols and assault rifles.
She cavorted and strutted, sometimes within view of Hollywood glitterati,
Who used the same firing range to hone the gunplay they would use for movies and TV.
When star Keanu Reeves shouted out to her LAPD division in one video, the young cop laughed with delight.
“Hey, he knows!,” she said, clapping. “Shootin’ Newton!”
But less than two weeks after the posting of that video, McBride’s gun use turned deadly earnest.
In the middle of a scruffy street south of downtown on April 22, she faced off with a man holding a razor box cutter.
She fired six shots from her Glock 17,
Hitting Daniel Hernandez with every round and killing the 38-year-old carpet installer and father of a teenage daughter.
Undated photo of Daniel Hernandez with his daughter Melanie. Hernandez died in an LAPD shooting on April 22.
Though Hernandez’s family quickly protested that McBride used excessive force,
The incident gained wider attention only a month later, after the killing of George Floyd provoked a national furor over police behavior.
Now Hernandez’s death has become a cause celebrity, protested by Black Lives Matter and questioned by a candidate for district attorney.
McBride’s supporters defend her as an officer trying to protect herself and the public from a dangerous man.
Hernandez’s family and their lawyers say the shooting epitomizes the blind use of force that has haunted Black and Latino communities for generations.………
THIS OFFICER DID NOT INITIATE OR CREATE THIS SITUATION,
SHE RESPONDED TO IT. SADLY, SHE DID WHAT WAS NEEDED TO BE DONE
OTHER THAN DRIVE AWAY AND LEAVE THIS GUY EXPOSED TO THE PUBLIC, WHAT OTHER OPTIONS SHE HAVE?
THE FAMILY ALWAYS SHOWS THE PICTURES OF THESE GUYS WITH THEIR BABIES, AND HOW THEY ARE GREAT FAMILY MEN.
IF HE WAS WHY WASN’T HE AT HOME WITH HIS DAUGHTER.
WHATEVER REASON THIS GENTLEMAN CREATED THIS SITUATION NOT THE OFFICER.
IN FACT PEOPLE IN THE AREA ARE LUCKY SHE IS SUCH A GOOD SHOT, DO YOU KNOW HOW RARE EVERY ROUND HITS ITS TARGET?
AND THERE WAS A LOT OF PEOPLE STANDING AROUND AND WOULD NOT MOVE.