New footage surfaces of fatal LAPD Skid Row shooting

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New footage surfaces of fatal LAPD Skid Row shooting
No one knew him by his real name.But on the harsh streets of Skid Row that became his home, he was known as Africa.Surveillance footage, police and homeless community activists paint wildly different pictures of the man -- one who could be violent, benevolent, troubled and altruistic.Africa was shot and killed by Los Angeles police Sunday after he scuffled with officers. The shooting, caught on video, has renewed accusations of police brutality because it showed him already on the ground.
This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. Authorities say he tried to grab a probationary officer's gun and three officers fatally shot him. The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said. (AP Photo/Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)
Protesters gather in front of LAPD headquarters in Los Angeles, California on March 3, 2015 over the death on the weekend of a homeless man known as 'Africa.' A homeless man allegedly shot by police in Los Angeles was a French national and convicted criminal, the LA Times reported Tuesday. The newspaper identified the man, killed Sunday in an incident which triggered protests, as 39-year old Charley Saturmin Robinet. It cited law enforcement records as saying Robinet was convicted of armed robbery 15 years ago and jailed. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man passes by an ever-growing makeshift memorial in Los Angeles, California on March 3, 2015 where a homeless man known as 'Africa' was shot and killed over the weekend. A homeless man allegedly shot by police in Los Angeles was a French national and convicted criminal, the LA Times reported Tuesday. The newspaper identified the man, killed Sunday in an incident which triggered protests, as 39-year old Charley Saturmin Robinet. It cited law enforcement records as saying Robinet was convicted of armed robbery 15 years ago and jailed. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
An ever-growing makeshift memorial in Los Angeles, California on March 3, 2015 where a homeless man known as 'Africa' was shot and killed over the weekend. A homeless man allegedly shot by police in Los Angeles was a French national and convicted criminal, the LA Times reported Tuesday. The newspaper identified the man, killed Sunday in an incident which triggered protests, as 39-year old Charley Saturmin Robinet. It cited law enforcement records as saying Robinet was convicted of armed robbery 15 years ago and jailed. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
people pay their respects at an ever-growing makeshift memorial in Los Angeles, California on March 3, 2015 where a homeless man known as 'Africa' was shot and killed over the weekend. A homeless man allegedly shot by police in Los Angeles was a French national and convicted criminal, the LA Times reported Tuesday. The newspaper identified the man, killed Sunday in an incident which triggered protests, as 39-year old Charley Saturmin Robinet. It cited law enforcement records as saying Robinet was convicted of armed robbery 15 years ago and jailed. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man pays his respects beside an ever-growing makeshift memorial in Los Angeles, California on March 3, 2015 where a homeless man known as 'Africa' was shot and killed over the weekend. A homeless man allegedly shot by police in Los Angeles was a French national and convicted criminal, the LA Times reported Tuesday. The newspaper identified the man, killed Sunday in an incident which triggered protests, as 39-year old Charley Saturmin Robinet. It cited law enforcement records as saying Robinet was convicted of armed robbery 15 years ago and jailed. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man pays his respects beside an ever-growing makeshift memorial in Los Angeles, California on March 3, 2015 where a homeless man known as 'Africa' was shot and killed over the weekend. A homeless man allegedly shot by police in Los Angeles was a French national and convicted criminal, the LA Times reported Tuesday. The newspaper identified the man, killed Sunday in an incident which triggered protests, as 39-year old Charley Saturmin Robinet. It cited law enforcement records as saying Robinet was convicted of armed robbery 15 years ago and jailed. AFP PHOTO/ FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
More footage of the fatal LAPD shooting on Skid Row has surfaced, offering a new angle to the incident.
Los Angeles police fatally shot a man after an altercation Sunday in the city's Skid Row area, and the graphic scene was caught on video.
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More footage of the fatal LAPD shooting on Skid Row has surfaced, offering a new angle to the incident.

Officers tased, shot and killed a homeless man, known as Africa, after an altercation Sunday in the city's downtown Skid Row area. A video of the dramatic incident was posted on Facebook shortly after.

It shows police tackling the man after he starts flailing his arms around. A Taser is fired twice and one officer is heard yelling, "Drop the gun!" Five shots can be heard in the video while Africa is on the ground.

The latest footage comes from a surveillance camera at a homeless shelter. It shows the man talking to police when they arrived on the scene. Then he tries to enter his tent and struggles with police.

A witness told CNN, "I heard officers say, 'He's going for it! He's going for my gun! And that's when the officers backed up and five shots rang out."

In a press conference, Police Chief Charlie Beck explained officers became concerned when Africa entered his tent because they didn't know what he was trying to retrieve.

According to Beck, the officers were investigating a robbery when Africa refused to cooperate and started fighting back, even reaching for an officer's gun at one point.. Beck insists the shooting was justified.

"This is an awful tragedy, but the officers took on the face of it took reasonable step to avoid it. Had the individual not grabbed the officer's pistol certainly we would not be having this discussion."

But others have a different account of what happened.

"I think it was kind of extreme."

"He didn't have no weapon, they just shot him. They could have just wrestled him down and took him to jail, but they shot him five times. "

ABC News reports two investigations have been launched.

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