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Los Angeles police defend weekend fatal shootings of black men

Los Angeles police chief Charlie Beck defended the actions of officers involved in two fatal shootings of black men over the weekend that touched off protests and raised tensions. Beck said one of the victims, 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr, was carrying a handgun that he pointed at officers chasing him on foot after he exited a suspected stolen car and fled. "At one point during their foot pursuit, which was 200 to 300 yards (meters) in total, they observed him remove a handgun from his waistband and hold it in his left hand," Beck told reporters, displaying a photo of the weapon, which he said was fully loaded.
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