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No Charges for Cops Who ‘Accidentally’ Fired 107 Bullets at an Innocent Mom and Daughter

Los Angeles, CA – Exposing the double standard between police and civilians, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that no criminal charges will be filed against the eight LAPD officers responsible for nearly killing an innocent woman and her daughter. Although the cops ambushed the unarmed women without warning and fired over 100 bullets without provocation, the district attorney justified the case of mistaken identity due to the fact that the officers involved were afraid and incompetent.

At 5 a.m. on February 7, 2013, Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, were delivering newspapers throughout a residential neighborhood in Torrance when eight LAPD cops suddenly opened fire. As Carranza suffered cuts from the flying glass, Hernandez was shot twice in the back while trying to protect her daughter. One bullet exited just above Hernandez’s collarbone, while the other bullet struck her lower back, near her spine. A fragment of shattered glass also flew into her eye.

After firing 107 bullets at the innocent women, the LAPD cops ordered them out of the vehicle and immediately realized their mistake. Instead of a 33-year-old black man, two Hispanic women exited the pickup truck and demanded to know, “Why did you shoot at us?”

Instead of rendering first aid or even apologizing for the act of attempted murder, the officers called for paramedics while refusing to offer any explanation for the ambush. Awakened by the gunfire, residents emerged from their homes to find their vehicles, houses, and front doors riddled with bullets. With five bullet holes in the entryway to his house, one neighbor asked, “How do you mistake two Hispanic women, one who is 71, for a large black male?”

Twenty-five minutes after the shooting, Torrance police officers stopped David Perdue a few blocks away as he was driving to the beach to go surfing before work. After the officers questioned him and ordered Perdue to turn around, he complied with their commands and began driving away when another Torrance police cruiser raced towards his vehicle and broadsided him. Suffering from a concussion and back pain, Perdue remained in his vehicle as an officer opened fire on him.

Although Torrance PD and LAPD were searching for a black man driving a gray Nissan Titan, Perdue is a white man who was driving a black Honda Ridgeline. Carranza and Hernandez were driving a blue Toyota Tacoma when the officers ambushed them without bothering to confirm their identities.

The officers responsible for nearly killing Carranza and her mother had been tasked with guarding the house of LAPD Capt. Justin Eisenberg. Because the police captain had been a member of the Board of Rights that voted to terminate former Officer Christopher Dorner, police suspected Dorner might attempt to kill Eisenberg or his family. The police captain was also named in Dorner’s manifesto, which he posted online after the initial murders.

In his manifesto, Dorner accused Sgt. Teresa Evans of kicking a restrained suspect named Christopher Gettler in the chest and face. After filing a complaint against Evans, Dorner was labeled a liar by the department and subsequently fired. Dorner also pointed out in his manifesto that many of the officers involved in the Rodney King beating and Rampart scandal during the 1990s have been promoted to supervisory or command positions within the LAPD and surrounding departments.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that LAPD officers Jess Faber, Marlon Franco, Sergio Gramajo, John Hart, Geoff Lear, Deshon Parker, Jonathan Roman, and Sgt. John Valdez would not face charges for the attempted murders of Carranza and her mother. Due to the fact that the entire police department was scared of one man and could not be held accountable for their incompetent actions, none of the officers who fired 107 bullets at two unarmed, innocent women will face prosecution. Although the women received a $4.2 million settlement and a new pickup truck, no cop will be held accountable for firing the first shot or failing to correctly identify the make/model of the vehicle along with the race and gender of its occupants.

Although LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced during the manhunt that officials would re-examine Dorner’s allegations of police misconduct, nearly three years have passed without any results. Instead, Sgt. Teresa Evans filed a lawsuit against the LAPD last year alleging racial discrimination against her. Evans is white.


Andrew Emett is a Los Angeles-based reporter exposing political and corporate corruption. His interests include national security, corporate abuse, and holding government officials accountable. Andrew’s work has appeared on Raw Story, Alternet, Activist Post, and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @AndrewEmett and on Facebook at Andrew Emett.

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    • Wtf?! This cunt doesn’t have any visible tattoos, unless you’re counting that cancerous mole on her stomach. Gtfo

  • there ARE good cops they are just far and few.

    • If you mean good cops staying silient thats not a good cop

    • Good cops don’t exist.

    • Good people would never put themselves in a position to harass others and extort money from them in the first place.

    • The issue isn’t whether some cops or all cops are good or bad. It’s that when the police DO act badly they are never, ever, EVER held responsible. In what other job on Earth could you horribly injure or kill someone and not even be fired?

    • All pigs are no good. They are all as a matter of procedure the same THEIR ARE NO GOOD POLICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • One shot is an accident, 107 is attempted murder

  • Where’s the photos or video from Oregon like this?

  • Neil Skilling Chad Bailey

  • It’s so WRONG. They should get LIFE WITHOUT PAROL…

  • he’s a fucking terrorist in my eyes

  • Fuk ths shit…im shooting first…

  • How the hell is that

  • How bout aggravated assault and aggravated battery with a firearm?

  • 107!? What the hell is going on that the people are allowing this to happen! When the cops beat a guy up in LA in 1991 and the cops got off and there was a huge riot! Why wouldn’t people be as outraged over this and so many more? This is the people’s fault for simply complaining on social media rather than banding together and hitting the streets!

    • What are we supposed to do? When there is a riot, people shrug it off as a race thing, and everyone forgets why there was a riot to begin with. Just look at Baltimore. As far as most people are concerned, Freddie Gray started the riot.

    • I’m not saying riot but anything other than just venting on a social media site where no one that needs to feel the pressure even sees it. Peaceful is always better but the shit that’s going on with the cops all over the US is so terrible!

    • Activists Black Lives Matter shut Chicago down by just sitting down.

    • All innocent lives matter. I agree with you, anywhere a there is an unarmed person shot. It should matter to everyone when this happens not just one race, no matter the color of the victim’s (or target’s) skin is.

  • I bet their family will hire some mercenaries…just saying.

  • A firing squad is what is needed here!

  • AND WE ARE TO RESPECT AND HELP A COP!! ALOT OF COPS DONT HAVE BRAINS,JUST GUN HAPPY SOBS!!!!

  • Smells like a revolution to me.

  • They should be held accountable

  • There have been more police who have committed more mass shootings than regular people. I feel that citizens should be armed to protect themselves against these police.

    • Me too… but that will just give them reason to call in reinforcements….

    • We should take care of one another like these pigs do. Think “PEOPLE ASSISTED SUICIDE”!!!

    • “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
      Security of a free state. Security of one self is to keep security of a free state, yes? To keep one safe, one should be armed, trained, along the lines.

    • Yeah, police shouldn’t stop armed gangs taking over public property. Let’s just have a free for all. Those with the most guns just take whatever you want???

    • Matthew Gemmell, this incident involving these two women and their vehicle had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with gangs. Just crazy, trigger happy cops!

    • Isn’t that what you already have in the US? And how is that working out for you?

  • mf

  • is American police actually instructed to rough up members of the public when encountering them? Seems they are a demoniac force of maniac murdering mentalcases

  • Don Daniel

    • I mean…it’s just disgusting, heartbreaking and discouraging. If you don’t want to hold responsible the “scared” and untrained officers, hold responsible the sad sack pieces of shit who are responsible for hiring and training these idiots, then putting them on streets that they apparently are ill-equipped to patrol.

  • If they are that afraid and incompetent they are in the wrong profession! No excuse for this! Start holding them accountable for their actions!

  • Oops I fired 107 shots? Wtf? Only a cop could get away with this.

  • Home of the free?. The KGB wouldn’t have gotten away with this.

  • Things have lurched toward insanity. The people (especially Black and brown people) are now “enemies of the state” — public enemies???

  • I’m waiting for the day when a citizen kills a cop and the judge lets him off because he says he saw an armed police officer and was afraid for his life. it’s a good thing for us citizens that double standards are not endemic to the judicial system. If I was a citizen of Los Angeles and eight cops cost me 4.2million dollars because they were incompetent to do their job correctly I would demand to have their useless asses fired immediately.

  • Russian roulette… Will a cop kill you today for no reason other than incompetency?

  • NWO Storm Troopers. Already doing training exercises.

  • The cops, judges,politicians are all responsible

  • My goodness!

  • WTF????

  • Terry Ford

  • If you hold the cops accountable, then you hold the system accountable. The system can never be questioned.

    • Today the system is corrupt. There is no justice in America. Our legal system is designed to squeeze as much money out of the citizens,either in the form of fines or punishments. Look at our prison system,outsourced to for profit corporations.

  • More hate. Divide and conquer

  • same old story

  • Not surprised at all! What judge doesn’t support that “thin blue line”?

  • The only justice in this country is “vigilante”. People do the right thing no matter what costume criminals wear.

  • Such Bullshit….

  • Racists pigz dea shud b shot,not da innocence, pigz,pigz

  • I’m so sick of the taxpayers paying for the actions of the corrupt police….. We need a Dexter type, taking names and making visits……

  • The unconscious American peasant is a cowardly peasant. The unconscious American peasant will only talk and talk and talk, nothing more. The unconscious human cattle does not mind being targets for their masters (A tyrant government). These pigs (police) are all no good, and they will not go away on their own. Through their past actions and inaction’s they have made the choice to commit suicide, and the method of suicide these evil cowards will choose is PEOPLE ASSISTED SUICIDE!!!!!!!

  • Disgusting

  • ONE shot is an accident. ONE HUNDRED shots is an intent to kill.

  • The real problem was 107 rounds were fired. Nobody was hit…

  • This is FuuuuuKtup !!! this is off the scale of WTF??!! 107 shots fired at one truck is WTF ? But 107 accidental shots , FuuuuuuKtup!! It’s almost to the point that we tell them that if they can’t use them properly we will have to take them away ! RIP Lavoy !

  • That’s BS!

  • Afraid and incompetent? That’s no excuse to try and murder a woman and child! All should be in prison. No hiding behind the badge!

  • Murica! Land of the dumb and subjugated.

  • Trigger happy cowards….

  • WTF!!! I’m not sure I still want to travel to US…

  • What the fuck is wrong with America

  • FTP!

  • 107 shots and they didn’t kill them. Thank goodness of course but still…

  • Sam Jameson

  • 107 shots and nobody was killed? Can’t tell me God isn’t real! ☝they won’t go unpunished believe that!

  • Like, comment, share.

  • Actually, I’ll say a little more, as facebook algorithms may have caught up with the “Like, comment, share” trick by now…

  • My first question is what is 8 police officers who are that afraid doing out on the street in the first place. Second how could police officers who are supposed to practice every month fire 107 shots and only hit twice. That is reallly incompetent. So it brings me to my third question. Why are these idiots allowed to carry a gun and badge. That includes the idiots from Torrence who can’t tell difference between a white man and a black man let alone the color of the trucks. I normally look for the good in police but in this case (assuming the article is accurate) every officer involved should be fired and prosecuted.

    • Completely useless. Can’t make responsible decisions on one hand and cant get the job done on the other.

    • Christian Doyle they tried that in Viet Nam and all it resulted in was a large number of dead American Servicemen. Or maybe that is what you want. A lot of dead cops. Aren’t the ones being killed in ambushes enough for you.

    • Yeah because the USA and a WAR in Vietnam are the same thing right?

    • Kieren Wood for Police Officers it is getting to be like Viet Nam. People are advocating killing them on nationwide tv for no other reason than the job they do. No matter what they do the only things people look at is when they make a decision in less than a second and someone who has a grudge against cops says it is wrong. I watch as the news reports them being ambushed and killed. I watch as news reports tell of their families being killed as they try to kill the cops. In this country where people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty the police are guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. And even then they are tried a second time when someone yells race and the riots start. They can prove themselves innocent to a jury of their peers and be tried a second time even though it is illegal according to the Constitution. There are people online that show parts of videos that show police doing wrong. When I look up the video it shows a totally different story. I started calling them on this and now they put their posts where comments can’t be made. And now people want to have police wait until someone shoots at them first. That happens all to often.

  • why does this shit keep happening COPS???

  • This is reading a horror story.

  • this is crazy

  • What the duck? I guess it’s okay th
    I bust back

  • Isn’t it obvious that somehow those millions are just part of the normal operating budget anyway?

  • Wilson R

  • But the anarchists should be held accountable and pay the full courts’ penalties incurred.

  • “the district attorney justified the case of mistaken identity due to the fact that the officers involved were afraid and incompetent.”
    Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/charges-lapd-cops-fired-100-bullets-innocent-mom-daughter-dorner-manhunt/#2UR4KeiyPU4XHJ9j.99

  • Police are the mass shooting we should be worrying about.

  • Your kidding right

  • Fill ’em full of lead, then scream at them to get out. Totally sounds like something they would do. I’m surprised they didn’t shoot ’em again for not getting out fast enough.

  • you passed the test son

  • Wow! were did he find all that ammo?

  • Oh cop’s. So more than one.. I got it now.

  • Did any of these cops even have a brain, between them?

  • The country of endless possibilities and bullets

  • This is bullshit….while I have nothing but respect for all the great police officers out there on the job but I don’t think their job should allow them the right to commit crimes…thought out or accident…

    If anyone else lit up a vehicle n accidentally shot someone they would be charged…why is this any different because of the position they hold?!

  • Wow,you couldn’t make this up…

  • That is so wrong

  • It won’t end until WE and it.

  • Even if they had the right car and the right suspect, is it ok to just gun down someone? Aren’t police supposed to demand an accused surrenders? “Put your hands where we can see them”, that sort of thing? Not see a car and start shooting at it!

  • Thats fucked !

  • This, this is why. The divide and mistrust grows.

  • This is what happens when you recruit people with criminal records into your police force, this will happen here in the UK far more frequently now. Innocent people will die at the hands of gun crazed cops, who should not have been given a uniform!!! Andra x

  • Makes the UK plod look great

  • why so many shots?? in need of some training maybe?why so scared of a woman and child????

  • SO? CAN U DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT EXCEPT TALK,TALK, TALK,..U FUCKING AMERICAN IDIOTS

  • americas police are possibly the best murderers in the world

  • Oops…

  • NAmes and adresses of the murderers should always be posted .

  • horrible

  • To become a policeman/woman takes a 3,5 years basic training in all Nordic countries. How long is the mandatory training in USA?

  • everyone needs to be held accountable for their actions.

  • How in the hell do you go about making people believe you accidentally fired 107 rounds?

  • …my truck model, close to my neighborhood…I dodged a bullet! 107 bullets

  • They fired all those rounds while trying to stop a rouge cop who was exposing the truth about their criminal activities, isn’t it a felony to injure someone while trying to suppress evidence ?

  • Figures

  • Absolutely insane. System just keeps on keeping on.

  • wtf

  • PROTECTED BY TREASONOUS POLITICIANS (JUDGES)

  • This only keeps happening because we fucking allow this shit to happen if we just stop paying all of our fucking property TAXES for once that will fucking show them what we really want…

  • Well, that’s only 107 bullets, dudes…

  • ugggg

  • They should be arrested

  • What the hell is it with merica these days? Any kind of police business ends up with people getting shot, just waiting for a little old lady getting gunned down for a parking ticket or maybe a little girl selling cookies that happens to walk the wrong way down the street.

  • I would give this a like and a share, but I am afraid that they know who I am and will come for me or my family if I give them a reason. I don’t care ifThey can for me, but not my children. and my children are the first they will come for because it give them leverage.

  • Paid vacation.

  • NO CHARGES! THE SON OF A BITCH FIRED 107 BULLETS AT A MOM AND HER CHILD. THE COP OUGHT TO HAVE 107 ROUNDS FIRED AT HIM!

  • Hahaha

  • Accidentally shot 107 bullets. Sounds like overkill 2 me.

  • Gabe

    • Smh

    • Now all the people who were damaged by the event should be able to sue the Cities, Police Department(s) and possibly even the officers for ‘negligent hiring’ (not evaluating the mental capabilities of new hires, properly training new hires for related situations, or check new hires for color blindness since they couldn’t tell blue or black from grey) and not following (City, County, State and Department) Policy. SMH

  • What the fuck someone has to pay for this shit.

  • I was wondering what happened to these women just the other day. Did you know that during the week of the Christopher Dorner manhunt dominating all news that well known 9/11 author Phillip Marshall was found dead along with his two children? It received no coverage outside of a local paper. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reported that both children as well as the family dog were shot once in the head with a handgun. It was ruled a suicide but I have my doubts. http://topinfopost.com/…/911-conspiracy-author-phillip…

  • City governments are criminaly responsible because they will hire anyone willing to hold a gun to be a cop and this puts the public in danger. There could have been many people killed in this inexcusable incident.

  • You know your country’s fetish with Authority is fucked up right ? No part of your society has the authoritarian stick shoved so far and securely up its self righteous ass than your cops

  • Wonder how much tax money will be spent on lawsuits and settlements. Gross waste. Thank God they survived.

  • Stop paying taxes dummies

  • How are they not accountable???

  • Matt Potter

  • dufas_duck

    Everything is normal….cops beat, kill, and cover it up, that’s all they know how to do..