In response to an editorial on the Atlanta police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in the Los Angeles Times, Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD Sgt and the author of classic police novels and true crime books, wrote a letter to the editor.
To the editor: The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board wrote, “Authorities say he resisted, took an officer’s Taser and began to run, and one of the officers shot him in the back.” (The emphasis is mine.)
Newsflash: We saw him resisting on video, and we saw him running with the Taser. You also omit the fact that Brooks fired the Taser at the officers chasing him.
Joseph Wambaugh, San Diego.
I reached out to Joseph Wambaugh about this and he said, “The LA Times predictably deleted my last sentence: "Is the Times editorial staff working for the Brooks family lawyer?"
You can also read my On Crime column at the Washington Times on Joseph Wambaugh's true crime classic The Onion Field via the below link:
And you can read my Q&A with Joseph Wambaugh via the below link: