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Slain Girl Was Not Stealing Juice, Police Say Shooting: The incident in which the 15-year-old was killed by a market owner was captured on a security system videotape.
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Ford, Andrea||||||Lee, John H
Date: Mar 19, 1991
Start Page: 1
Section: Metro; PART-B; Metro Desk
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The videotape corroborates accounts by two young witnesses who said that even though the teen-ager had put the juice in her knapsack, she was approaching the store counter with money in her hand, according to [Michael J. Bostic]. After a brief scuffle with Du over the knapsack, he said, Harlins gave up, threw the orange juice on the counter and was apparently trying to leave the store when she was shot.

Bostic consistently tried to de-emphasize any racial aspects. He said that there is no evidence to back up rumors that Du nudged the dead girl with her foot, kicked her after the shooting or that any racial epithets were uttered. He also denied an allegation by the girl's family that Du was injured by her husband, who they contended attacked her after arriving at the scene minutes after the shooting.

Bostic said the videotape shows only "a scuffle" begun by Du over the knapsack, not an attack mounted by the teen-ager. He also said Du threw a stool at the girl before firing a single shot from a .38-caliber pistol.

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