In 2013, eight police officers fired 107 shots at two women, that the officers had mistaken for a violent criminal. Now, years later, the court has decided to drop the charges against the men.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office made the announcement Wednesday, provoking many into outrage. According to the department, they did not have sufficient evidence to prove that the officers had acted unreasonably when they had fired over 100 shots at the women, in an apparent misunderstanding of the women’s identities. The officers believed that the two women were actually rogue ex-cop, Christopher Dorner.
The two women, a mother, and daughter, named Emma Hernandez and Margie Carranza (respectively), both survived and received a settlement of $4.2-million dollars. Carranza described the incident as a “savage deed” and a “giant atrocity.”
According to the court memo, “She heard a large number of gunshots coming from behind her. Carranza stopped her car due to the shots being first. Gunshots began to strike her truck. She screamed out and tried to yell that she was working. She felt the tires of the car ‘explode’ and glass passed by her face. Carranza was in a panic. Hernandez told her, ‘Don’t be afraid,’ ”
The defense claims made by the officers are those in self-defense, saying that the supposed perpetrator, Dorner, was a mass-murderer and dangerous. Due to their belief that it was Dorner they were shooting at, the court ruled in their favor. Dorner later died, on February 12, 2013, in a cabin, he was staying in at Bear Lake, California. The cabin caught fire when police administered tear gas. However, he died from a gunshot to the head, which was apparently self-inflicted.