71-year old Emma Hernandez and 47 year-old Margie Carranza were shot by police on the morning of February 8th, 2013, while delivering newspapers in Torrance. Carranza was shot in the hand while her mother, Hernandez, sustained two bullet-wounds to her back and remains in critical condition.
The officers shot Hernandez and Carranza's vehicle upwards of 46 times, of which 3 bullets hit the women. According to the LAPD, those officers believe the women's vehicle matched the description of Christopher Dorner, who is currently wanted for murder. However, the women's vehicle nor color matched Dorner's. According to the lawyer Glen T. Jonas, the police did not give the women any chance to surrender: "they didn't make any attempt to match the description and they used deadly force without giving anyone in that car an opportunity to surrender. You have two basic violations of protocol and the result is that because of that, they are endangering citizens."
We would like the LAPD to admit full responsibility and fault for hastily shooting a vehicle of the wrong make and color, two petite women that did not match the description of the 270-pound male they were searching for. We also believe Emma Hernandez and Margie Carranza should be fully compensated for medical bills, psychological trauma, property damage, lost work, and suffering.
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