A homeless man was allegedly shot dead by Los Angeles police officers in Skid Row around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The incident occurred after an altercation took place between the cops and some homeless people, who reportedly refused to come out of their tent.
The man, identified only as Africa, was held down by four to five officers while one of them kept yelling, "Drop the gun! Drop the gun!"
Though not confirmed, some reports claim Africa was unarmed.
Five shots were heard and it is unclear which officer shot Africa. He was later driven to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to one of the witnesses, Africa was observed fighting with someone else when the police had arrived. “It's sad, there’s no justification to take somebody's life,” said Dennis Horne, 29.
Africa was living on the street for about four or five months, after spending 10 years in a mental facility, the Times reported.
Booker T. Washington, another witness, said Africa was shot over a tent, adding people are allowed to sleep on the streets from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and they are supposed to remove their tents in the daytime.
Africa’s death has prompted outrage across the U.S., where highly publicized killings of black men sparked nationwide protests last year.
Omfg just saw the video of the #LAPD killing a helpless homeless man! Wtf is thier problem! What they did was horrible !!!— Jerry Biviano (@JerryBiviano) March 2, 2015
MAYBE IF THERE WASNT SUCH AN UNEQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH, HOMEBOY WOULDNT NEED A GODDAMN TENT. #LAPD— Jam (@caliopeplantain) March 2, 2015
A protest against police brutality is scheduled for this week by an online group, Los Angeles People’s Media, following the shooting on Sunday.