The video above will give you the gist of a story, the teaser to make you pay attention to the full 15-minute movie about the senseless killing of 19-year-old Patrick Caruthers last week as he sat on a bench in South LA’s Jackie Tatum-Harvard Park.
It was broad daylight, 3:15 p.m. and his assailant shot him repeatedly in the back and then fled in a small dark sedan.
For Caruthers, who had special needs because of a learning disability, the park was his home away from home since he was six years old. He was a park volunteer who recently graduated from Manual Arts High and was attending a vocational education program to learn a job skill.
The park has been under control of the 62 Brims gang for decades. At the urging of the LAPD and Councilman Bernard Parks, the city has spent more than $8 million in the last three years for a swimming pool, tennis courts, lights and a soon-to-open skate park as well as stepping up patrols.
But officials dropped the ball on the $200,000 for video cameras that might have deterred the murder or at least provided clues to who was responsible.
More later about why funding for the cameras was approved by the City Council last Valentine’s Day at Parks’ request yet it took six months before the issue came back to the Council and was buried in the Public Safety Committee chaired by Mitch Englander until the day after Caruthers was killed.
Here’s the full movie with a complete commentary to come after you’ve had a chance to watch it: