How To Win 4.2 Million Dollars from The LAPD The Hard Way


Time to use that “USA, WTF” tag again!

Eight Los Angeles Police Department officers who mistakenly opened fire on two newspaper delivery women during a manhunt for rogue ex-LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner will not face charges, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a letter it found “insufficient admissible evidence” to prove the officers acted unreasonably.

On Feb. 7, 2013, Margie Carranza and her mother Emma Hernandez, then 71, were delivering newspapers before dawn in Torrance, where officers were posted on protective duty armed with shotguns and handguns. As the women slowly drove down the street, officers shot at their blue pickup truck mistaking it for Dorner’s gray or dark blue Nissan Titan.

“When the gun shots started, I started yelling I’m the person that delivers the LA Times!’ I was thinking, ‘What is the reason they’re shooting at me?” Carranza recalled.

Carranza was grazed by bullets and her mother was shot twice in the back and neck. They were ordered out of the truck and later taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

“Although the officers were mistaken, their perceptions were based on actual observations: a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle’s description, with a partial matching license plate, being driven slowly on the wrong side of the street, followed by an object being thrown from the driver’s side,” the district attorney’s letter said.

“The barrage of gunfire was tremendous, and troubling,” the letter goes on to say, painting a picture of confusion among officers believing some of the gunfire was coming from Dorner inside the truck.

The women won a $4.2 million settlement after filing a claim against the city and LAPD. Carranza was also given money to replace her truck.

108 bullet holes in that truck!

The Bonnie and Clyde “death car” had fewer holes in it (107 in that instance).

  • V10_Rob

    Yeah, I can see how it’d be easy to mistake two old Latino ladies for a black guy in his prime. They got the vehicle color right… sorta

    It’s shit like this, where blatant police misconduct is whitewashed, that sets people against cops, and makes myths like Michael “Hands up don’t shoot” Brown so easy for people to believe. Law enforcement does themselves no favor by protecting officers like these with so little self-control, not to mention the outright danger to the community these trigger-happy warrior-cops represent.

  • Fair enough.

  • Ed

    2 hits out of 108 shots. That’s less than 2%. One might suggest some target practice is in order?

    • tom_billesley

      I’m just amazed they didn’t hit any cops.

    • P_F

      Cops were using shotguns with buckshots in it.

    • Exile1981

      Please don’t suggest that, then we’d have more innocent civilians hit as well.

  • Shebel

    4.2 million. Nobody ever paid me.

  • andycanuck

    I was under the impression the women’s vehicle wasn’t the same colour as the manhunt suspect’s one.

    • Exile1981

      light blue vs dark blue/black

  • mauser 98

    never went to trial.. settled out of court
    LAPD knew they had no defence
    2 small latino women were mistaken for one 6 + foot tall black guy

  • Okay, let’s get real here. Even if the “suspects” were in fact the suspects they were looking for, then why would they want to kill them on sight? Isn’t it a better idea to capture them alive and try to get information out of them and properly solve the case? Why do American cops feel that it is necessary to “shoot first and ask questions later?” They’re often destroying evidence when they do that. Dead people can’t talk.