In May of 2020, a video surfaced of a Los Angeles police officer pulling his gun on a private investigator who was filming a house across the street from him. The officer, who has not been identified, can be heard in the video yelling at the private investigator to “get back” and “stop recording.” The private investigator, who has also not been identified, complied with the officer’s demands and stopped filming.
This incident highlights the problem of police officers who are “trigger happy” and quick to resort to violence. In this case, the private investigator was not doing anything illegal and posed no threat to the officer. The officer’s actions were completely unnecessary and could have resulted in serious injury or even death.
This problem is not isolated to Los Angeles or even to police officers in general. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile cases of people being killed or injured by people who are “trigger happy.” In many cases, these people were not committing any crime or posing any threat to the person who shot them.
The problem of “triggerhappyness” is one that needs to be addressed urgently. We need to find ways to prevent people from resorting to violence so quickly and easily. Until we do, innocent people will continue to be hurt or killed by those who are all too eager to pull the trigger.
On July 28, 2020, at approximately 10:30 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Officer Edgar Verduzco was driving an unmarked police vehicle in the area of Venice Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard when he observed a man, who was later identified as a private investigator (P.I.), following another car.
Verduzco reportedly pulled his gun on the P.I. and ordered him to stop following the car. The P.I. complied, but began recording the encounter on his cell phone.
The P.I.’s actions are currently being investigated by the LAPD’s Professional Standards Bureau to determine if he violated any department policies or procedures.
The shooting happened on Tuesday afternoon in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles. The victim, a 37-year-old man, was identified by police as Steven Burdick. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid leave pending an investigation. The Los Angeles Police Department has not released the officer’s name.
The victim’s family has retained an attorney and is planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles.
Based on the information that is available, it appears that the Los Angeles police officer who pulled his gun on the private investigator was trigger happy and acted inappropriately. However, it is important to note that we do not have all of the information about what happened leading up to the incident. Therefore, it is possible that the officer had a legitimate reason to be concerned for his safety.