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Homeless man shot by LAPD: Who was ‘Africa’?

No one knew him by his real name.

On the harsh streets of Skid Row that became his home, he was known as Africaa name as vague and complex as he was.

Surveillance footage, police and homeless community activists paint wildly different pictures of the man — one who could be violent, benevolent, troubled and altruistic.

Africa was shot and killed by Los Angeles police Sunday after he scuffled with officers. The shooting, caught on video, has renewed accusations of police brutality because it showed him already on the ground. Police say he tried to reach for an officer’s gun.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has identified Africa, but is not releasing his real name pending notification of relatives.

Life on the streets

“RIP Cameroon,” one cardboard sign reads “Rest in Peace Africa.”

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has identified Africa, but is not releasing his real name pending notification of relatives.

From there, it’s unclear where Africa’s remains will go.

CNN’s Kyung Lah reported from Los Angeles; Holly Yan reported and wrote from Atlanta

Source: CNN (4265 Articles)
Written by Holly Yan and Kyung Lah