It turns out the innocent homeless man was a violent French bank robber.
From the New York Daily News:
A homeless man shot dead by Los Angeles cops was a French crook wanted on a probation violation and a convicted robber who once knocked off bank to finance his Hollywood dreams, police sources confirmed.
Charley Saturmin Robinet, 39, and a couple of armed accomplices were wearing masks and carrying guns in 2000 when they stormed a Wells Fargo and ordered customers to the floor, authorities said at the time.
The violent stickup man pistol-whipped a teller and was caught with more than $33,000 in cash when cops busted him after a wild car chase.
The French national told investigators after his arrest he was desperate for money to pay for acting classes at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2000.
His lawyer from the case told the Daily News he remembers Robinet stubbornly refused to plead guilty even though his co-conspirators both cut deals and cops had an airtight case.
"The trial was ridiculous, there was so much evidence," attorney Steve Cron told the News. "I kept banging my head against the wall, trying to make him realize he wasn’t going to win and that he'd wind up with a much harsher sentence."Robinet received 15 years in prison. With time served before sentencing, authorities released him last May.
I'll go out on a limb here and say police had little choice but to shoot and kill old Charley Saturmin Robinet. Nice to see a liberal lie exposed.