Coalition demands justice in shooting death of amputee

Wave Wire Services

HUNTINGTON PARK — The Coalition for Community Control Over the Police and the family of Anthony Lowe Jr. demanded justice and accountability for Lowe’s death in a shooting by Huntington Park police Jan. 26.

The mother of Lowe’s 15-year-old son was among the speakers in a protest staged outside the Huntington Park Police Station Jan. 30. Lowe was in a wheelchair with both legs amputated at the knees and undergoing a mental health crisis when he was shot to death by Huntington Park police Jan. 26.

According to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau, officers from the Huntington Park Police Department responded to a stabbing call at 3:40 p.m. in the 2400 block of Slauson Avenue. Upon their arrival, the victim gave them a description of a suspect in a wheelchair.

After searching the area, officers located the suspect near the 1900 block of Slauson Avenue and as they tried to detain him Lowe allegedly drew a 12-inch butcher knife and attempted to throw the weapon at the officers.

According to detectives, Lowe was Tased at least twice by the officers but he attempted to throw the butcher knife at them again. Officers then fired at Lowe, who was struck by gunfire in the upper body.

Lowe was treated at scene by Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics but was pronounced dead.

Police said they recovered a butcher knife at the scene.