“We at the LAPD would like to express our most heartfelt condolences and profound regret for the loss of this innocent victim, Valentina Orellana-Peralta.”
The department recently released the body cam footage and confirmed that it has an ongoing investigation into the officer’s use of force due to the fact that no charges were filed against the suspect.
“Investigators working in partnership with the Justice System Integrity Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office established probable cause to believe that the officer’s BWV (body worn video) footage was inconsistent with the written report.”
“There is no place in law enforcement for officers who use illegal force and then lie to cover up their crime or the crime of another officer.”
The LAPD is investigating the incident due to the fact that the protester was not posing an immediate threat to anyone when the officer shot him.
The LAPD officers who shot Montano with nonlethal rounds have not been identified and are not currently facing criminal charges for assault.
If convicted, Simon could face up to six years and eight months behind bars.
Although deputies claim that the teen had a gun, no firearm was located at the scene.
While no arrests have been made, the LAPD continues to investigate the crash for any potential criminal charges.