Back in January, the cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors died following an altercation with the Los Angeles police. Afterward, BLM activists, including Cullors, claimed he’d been murdered.
According to the latest reporting, however, this claim is false.
A press release published by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner on Friday notes that Keenan Darnell Anderson’s “cause of death” was actually the “effects of cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart) and cocaine use.”
Not surprisingly, these findings blow a big hole in the narrative that BLM had peddled.
HIS NAME WAS KEENAN ANDERSON. HIS NAME WAS TYRE NICHOLS. pic.twitter.com/a4nO5BHrUH
— Di Barbadillo (@Deeeezyy) January 30, 2023
As previously reported, Anderson, 31, died in custody on Jan. 3rd after he reportedly acted erratic, resisted arrest, and was subsequently tased.
According to police spokesperson Capt. Kelly Muñiz, the altercation began around 3:35 pm that afternoon when “an officer was flagged down for a traffic collision.”
“Several community members involved in the traffic collision directed the officer to a man who they indicated had caused the vehicle accident. The man was running in the middle of the street and exhibiting erratic behavior. That suspect was later identified as Keenan Darnell Anderson,” she said in a video statement back in January.
The officer told Anderson to sit down as he called for backup. Initially, Anderson complied, but “as the additional officers arrived,” he tried to make a run for it.
“Anderson suddenly attempted to flee the location by running into the middle of the street westbound on Venice Boulevard. The officers gave chase and ordered Anderson to stop. Anderson ultimately stopped and was ordered to get on the ground,” Muñiz explained.
“As the officers attempted to take Anderson into custody, he became increasingly agitated, uncooperative, and resisted the officers. The officers continued to struggle with Anderson for several minutes, utilizing physical force and a taser to help overcome his resistance, eventually taking him into custody,” she added.
Anderson died at a nearby hospital shortly thereafter.
The outrage was both immediate and deafening, with Cullors leading the charge:
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“This is my cousin Keenan Anderson. He was killed by LAPD in Venice on January 3rd, 2023. My cousin was an educator and worked with high school aged children. He was an English teacher,” Cullors wrote on an Instagram page containing a photo of her cousin.
“LAPD has killed three people this year. One of them is my family member. Keenan deserves to be alive right now, his child deserves to be raised by his father. Keenan we will fight for you and for all of our loved ones impacted by state violence,” she added.
Cullors also took her complaints to NBC News. For example, she told the network that her cousin had flagged down the police for help. This was evidently false.
“Not a single time did any of the responding officers listen to him,” she also said.
This was also false. Bodycam footage showed that the officers tried more than once to reason with him, but Anderson just kept spewing nonsense. At one point, he even claimed somebody was trying to kill him.
“Please, sir, don’t do this. Please, help me, please. They’re trying to kill me. Please, please, please, please, please, please,” he said.
Cullors conveniently chose to ignore all this erratic behavior. Instead she “questioned why officers used force” and “also said she did not think police should be the first to respond to minor traffic incidents,” according to NBC News.
“If there’s an accident, then it should be ambulance and firefighters. There should be professionals who are trained in crisis management. If my cousin did not have to interact with LAPD that day, he would be alive,” she said.
She wasn’t alone in her complaints:
Local news here in Los Angeles are claiming that he left the scene of an automobile accident (ran away) and that he resisted arrest. They are saying he had drugs in his system, and trying to portray him as the villain when he is a victim of police brutality #KeenanAnderson
— CeeCee Freedmen (@Ceecee_Freedmen) January 13, 2023
This is heartbreaking. When police are asked for help, you don’t expect them to kill you. I cannot imagine the sorrow that his loved ones are going through.
— joled (@joled16) January 13, 2023
My Lord! I grieve for this young man and for his family. He is my son, nephew, brother, grandson, cousin, neighbor. I grieve, yet again…some more.
— Councilwoman Victoria Parks (@Victoria4Cincy) January 13, 2023
What a horrible, tragic, senseless loss!!!!!! I hope those police are charged with murder!!!!
— J. #EmergencyConfetti Doyle also on POST (@sibersong) January 13, 2023
Returning to the present, it’s assumed the latest findings will have an outsized influence on the outcome of a lawsuit that Anderson’s family filed.
“Anderson’s estate has sued the city of Los Angeles, requesting $35 million due to damages against Anderson’s son and $15 million for Anderson’s estate, saying the city ‘failed to properly train the involved officers’ who ultimately used ‘unreasonable deadly force,'” according to CNN.
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