Brendon K. Glenn, 29
Brendon K. Glenn, a 29-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police officer on Wednesday, May 6, in Venice, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Glenn was a “traveler” who went by the name “Dizzle,” friends told the Los Angeles Times. He and his black Lab, Dozer, had been panhandling outside a bar at 80 Windward Avenue shortly before he was shot by Clifford Proctor, a 50-year-old black LAPD officer.
Proctor and his unidentified partner were called to the area about 11:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, to check out a complaint about a homeless man “harassing customers,” according to an LAPD news release. The two officers spoke briefly with Glenn, who headed back toward the boardwalk.
The officers returned to their patrol car, but a short time later they saw Glenn “physically struggling” with a bouncer outside a bar, investigators said. When the officers tried to detain Glenn, a “physical altercation” ensued between the three.
During the struggle, Proctor reportedly stepped back and fired at Glenn, investigators said. The officers called an ambulance and performed CPR at the scene, according to the LAPD. Paramedics took Glenn to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead at 12:16 a.m.
The LAPD news release said one of the two officers received medical treatment for an injured knee. The injured officer was not identified.
Glenn was described by friends and family as a kind, loving man with a drinking problem. He grew up in Troy, N.Y., where his family resides. A gofundme.com campaign to send Glenn's body back to New York for burial was launched on May 8.
Proctor is a seven-year veteran of the LAPD. He was the subject of a criminal investigation last year for omitting witness statements in a police report.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office did not charge Proctor in that case but in a memo, prosecutors faulted the officer for not including statements from two witnesses that he "should reasonably have known … were material to the investigation and should have been included in the report.”
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told reporters on May 6 that he had reviewed a video recording of the incident and was "very concerned" about the shooting. Beck's remarks drew a strong reaction from the president of the union who represents rank-and-file officers, who criticized the comments as "completely irresponsible" considering the investigation was still in its "early stages."