The L.A. Times runs another story on the boy shot by LAPD after he rammed his car into a patrol car. This one is titled Black Leaders Express Anger at Boy’s Death. The sub-head reads: “LAPD’s fatal shooting of auto-theft suspect, 13, prompts questions over why the department has not yet revised its policy on firing at moving cars.” And the opening paragraph says:
As black community leaders expressed growing anger over the death of a 13-year-old boy shot Sunday by a Los Angeles police officer, Police Chief William J. Bratton sought Monday to explain why the department hasn’t changed its policy on firing at moving vehicles, a year after he said it should be revised.
Like the previous story, the initial description of the incident in this version still employs the magic word “toward”:
Officer Steven Garcia, a 9-year veteran, fired 10 shots early Sunday at 13-year-old Devin Brown, who was driving a stolen 1990 Toyota Camry. Garcia, standing outside his police car, opened fire when Devin allegedly backed the Toyota toward the patrol unit.
Late, late in the story, the word “into” makes its sole appearance as part of a police version of the incident:
When Devin, who was driving, allegedly backed into the officers’ car, Garcia opened fire.
No mention is made of the dent in the car.
It looks like this is the version that will run in tomorrow’s paper. It will run on the front page of either the California section or, more likely, section A. And the whispered hint that the driver actually hit the patrol car will be buried well inside the section.
Business as usual at your Orwellian Dog Trainer.