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Honoring two of LA's fallen

Last May, the shooting death of Mickey David, a much-loved employee at our own Trader Joe's on Hyperion, filled the neighborhood and the whole East Side with grief.  The shooting likely came at the hands of a gangster on a Friday night on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.

And nearly two years ago this June, Zac Champommier, a Valley honors student, was gunned down by Sheriffs and a DEA agent in the parking lot behind Mexicali on Ventura.  After two years, the public still does not know what really happened--nor has any kind of discipline of law enforcement actions been undertaken.

The reaction to the two killings has been very telling, as one came at the hands of a gang member, and the other came at the hands of law enforcement.

In Echo Park, an arrest has been made, and there is a small, humble section of wall along Sunset commemorating David; I pause to acknowledge Mickey every time I pass it by.  I'm not aware of any such commemoration honoring Champommier, who died at the hands of law enforcement.  Commemoration of his death in a more permanent way, however humble, is long overdue to the Champommier friends and family.  And so is more media scrutiny, devoted to insisting that the inquiry into the circumstances of the death conclude very soon.