Gabriel San Roman
Blood Orange: Five Police Shootings Nobody Protested, 2006-2016
Updated: Aug 19, 2020
When La Habra police killed Michael Cho on New Year's Eve 2007, the shooting angered local Koreans. Susan Kang Schroeder, the Orange County district attorney's then-spokeswoman, told the Los Angeles Times the following February that the agency’s last prosecution of a cop for an on-duty shooting came during the ’80s. When asked by the Weekly about that case now, the district attorney’s office (OCDA) couldn’t find any information about it by press time. The constant clearing of cops in shootings adds to cynicism about the system. Protesters often question why police didn't use non-lethal weapons or shoot a person without killing them long before OCDA reports are published. In surveying hundreds of officer-involved shootings, Blood Orange found a number of cases in which cops did just that. And then there are situations in which officers are left with little choice but to use deadly force in self-defense and in defense of others.
Here's five OC police shootings between 2006 and 2016 for which nobody chanted, "Jail killer cops!" or, "Better training!" in protest.