Shooting of Eula Love
Eula Mae Love (more commonly referred to as Eula Love; frequently referred to in print as "Eula Love" or "Eula Mae Love") was a 39-year-old African-American mother who was shot and killed on January 3, 1979 by Los Angeles Police Department officers Edward M. Hopson (African-American) and Lloyd W. O'Callaghan. The officers "alleged" that they shot her in self-defense because she was brandishing a knife and was ready to throw it at them. They were at her home in response to a disputed gas bill after she had threatened a postal carrier with a knife for delivering a bill to her that she could not afford to pay (although it was also reported that she menaced a Southern California Gas employee for trying to collect on the overdue bill or turn off her gas).
The killing generated widespread coverage in the local news media, and sparked public outrage, which led the Los Angeles Police Commission to conduct its own investigation of the shooting. Black Angelenos' confidence in the LAPD declined precipitously in 1979 due in part to this case, according to Allen John Scott's book The City: Los Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century. The report led to "significant reforms in the Department's procedures on use of force."
The academic journal Crime and Social Justice later reprinted the Police Commission's report on the circumstances of the shooting. Journal editors expressed the opinion that "her killing is a crime against humanity." Journalist Joe Domanick (author of two books on the department) described Love's shooting as emblematic of the "bad old days" of the Los Angeles Police Department.
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