On June 6th, Ryan Twyman, a 24 year old black man and a father of 3 who was reportedly unarmed, was shot 37 times by an L.A County Sheriff’s deputy. There has been no media coverage.
On June 6th, Ryan Twyman was reportedly sitting in his car when police arrived.
A female relative of Twyman says she left the scene fearing that problems may arise because she doesn’t trust police officers, believing they would start harassing them.
According Melina Abdullah, a well-known and verified activist who spoke with Twyman’s family and witnesses at the scene, officers forcibly removed the Twyman’s friend from the passenger’s side and began assaulting him.
According to eyewitnesses, a Sheriff Deputy alleges that during the commotion he saw Twyman pull out a gun, so he began shooting at him. He unloaded his handgun according to eyewitnesses. When he ran out of bullets, it’s reported that went to his to his vehicle, grabbed a rifle and continued shooting the Twyman. Eyewitnesses say Twywan was shot more than 30 times.
The L.A Time reported on Twyman’s death, but posted no details (they’ve just now updated it after this started going viral)
No major news network wrote about Twyman’s death.
Sgt. Charles Calderaro said in a statement obtained by KTLA:
“During that contact with two individuals, a deputy-involved shooting occurred. One individual was struck in the upper torso and later was pronounced dead at the scene.”
It’s reported that a gun was never found at the crime scene, and there was no evidence of a gun ever being at the scene.
Twyman’s family is unable to cover the costs for his death, and have created a GoFundMe, which reads:
WillowBrook, CA– Los Angeles Police shot and killed Ryan Twyman around 7:30 p.m on 6/6/2019 in the parking lot of an apartment complex located on 132nd and San Pedro.
Our family wants to give a big thanks to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles for helping us get through this.
Twyman was in his car with a close friend l when they were approached by two Los Angeles sheriff deputies . It is still unclear what led to the shooting.Twyman’s close friend and girlfriend were taken into custody following the shooting.
Security officers who work at the apartment complex were also taken into custody, stripped of their clothing, guns, and questioned in separate rooms.
No Gun was never found at the crime scene
Update: New video shows and confirms cops shot at him 34 times, claiming he used his car as a weapon:
An update to the report states that the officers approached the vehicle, opened the car door and the vehicle started to reverse. As soon as the video started to reverse officers started shooting into the car. One of the officers, as the video shows, went back to his car to grab a larger rifle and started shooting again again at the unmoving video in the distance.
The updated report states that the officers fired a total of 34 times into the vehicle.
The sheriff’s department released the video with a lengthy explanation, painting Twyman as a criminal, stating that Twyman “accelerated his car in reverse and hit the officer”, though in the video it doesn’t appear any of the officers were hit.
The officers were reassigned to administrative duties pending investigation.
A gun was never found at the scene.
Twyman’s family says that police officers keep driving by their house taunting them, and parking themselves in front of the house during family events and gatherings.