Venice, CA – Activists are furious that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced that the cousin of the co-founder of Black Lives Matter had drugs in his system but video filmed by a bystander shed more light on what actually happened the day 31-year-old Keenan Anderson died after being arrested (video below).
LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters at a press briefing on Jan. 13 that Anderson caused a multi-vehicle traffic crash in a “felony hit-and-run,” Vice reported.
Initial reports were that Anderson died of cardiac arrest after arriving at a hospital in Santa Monica, but Chief Moore said during the briefing that the suspect’s cause of death had not been fully determined.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is investigating Anderson’s death and has not yet ruled on its cause and manner, The Washington Post reported.
The police chief said LAPD had conducted its own preliminary toxicology tests and told reporters that Anderson had cocaine metabolite and cannabinoids in his system, VICE reported.
“Although initial reports indicate narcotic consumption, more information is needed from the coroner’s office before cause of death can be determined,” Chief Moore said.
“It appears Mr. Anderson was in an altered mental state,” he explained.
The police chief said that the motorcycle officer who initially arrived on scene tried “to de-escalate the situation” while waiting for backup to arrive on the scene, VICE reported.
Bodycam video showed that the motorcycle officer stayed calm through his interactions with Anderson, who was behaving erratically and claiming that people were trying to kill him.
It wasn’t until Anderson walked into the roadway and sat down in traffic that officers tried to take him into custody and restrain him.
The video showed that Anderson violently resisted arrest and an officer ultimately Tased him multiple times in order to get him to comply enough for officers to handcuff him.
Anderson later suffered cardiac arrest at the hospital and died, according to initial police reported.
Activists, including his cousin, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, are calling for the police chief’s resignation and actions against the officers involved.
But another video posted to social media last week by a witness who was part of the traffic crash and attempted car theft that led to Anderson’s arrest explained in far more detail about what led up to the violent struggle in the street with officers.
“Hey guys, that guy right there, he caused that accident. He was trying to steal my car,” a man with an accident said clearly in the video.
Bystanders can be heard questioning police tactics in the background of the video.
“Yeah, the police are doing the right, uh job right now,” he told several other bystanders in the background of the video who could be heard questioning what they were seeing.
“Don’t think that the police are abusing him,” the man insisted. “He was trying to, uh, go away.”
“I think that guy’s in a very paranoid state,” another bystander suggested in the video.
“I’m an Uber driver and he was trying to steal my car while he, uh, hit the other cars right there,” the first man insisted.
“Was he in the car?” the other bystander asked in the video.
“Huh? Yeah, he was in the BMW right there,” the man answered.
The video ended as an officer could be seen holding a Taser on Anderson.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:
A "cousin" of #BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors (the one w/the multi-million dollar homes) died after committing a felony hit & run, trying to steal a car, resisting arrest & getting tased by LAPD. He tested positive for cocaine. Cullors is calling for the police chief to resign. pic.twitter.com/ZQYlWDaIub
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) January 13, 2023