Toni McBride Bio – Wiki
Toni McBride is a Los Angeles police officer and daughter of the police union’s director, whose fatal shooting of 38-year-old Daniel Hernandez was captured on body camera. Hernandez’s family has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against McBride and the department.
Hernandez was killed on April 22. The incident was captured on Facebook Live by a witness and McBride’s body camera. The LAPD is investigating but has not said publicly whether McBride is still on duty. Calls for repercussions have grown in strength since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May, including a petition almost 20,000 have signed. Hernandez’s family’s lawsuit was filed on June 10.
Her age is unclear.
Daniel Hernandez Death
According to police, McBride and unnamed other officers were patrolling the near San Pedro and 32nd Streets on that afternoon when they encountered a five-car collision and heard from witnesses at the scene that the man who caused it had a knife and was trying to harm himself with it.
On the body camera footage, a woman in a minivan stopped by McBride’s patrol vehicle can be heard telling her, “He’s got a knife” and, “He’s the one who caused the accident.”
Hernandez, who was driving a pickup at the time, then emerges from behind his totaled vehicle, appearing disoriented, and walks into the middle of the street as she yells for him to “drop the knife.” McBride then shoots Hernandez twice. He falls, then tries to stand, before McBride fires six more shots into him. The police department’s video of the shooting can be seen here, but it is disturbing.
Hernandez’s Daughter Filed Lawsuit
Hernandez’s daughter, who is a minor, says in her lawsuit that her father posed “no threat to anyone” and notes that McBride fired four more shots into Hernandez once he was already on the ground. Further, she says that McBride put the witnesses in danger.
“Each of McBride’s deadly rounds lacked justification and recklessly endangered multiple bystanders,” she writes.
Hernandez’s sister, Marina Vergara, told Spectrum News 1 that the family found out about his death by watching it on Facebook. “Our family is traumatized,” she said.
In the family’s Change.org petition, Vergara pleads with the public to watch all available videos of her brother’s death and not to “give the LAPD a pass on brutality.”
“You will realize that the LAPD officer did not attempt to de-escalate the situation … just like the murderer of George Floyd, she knew nothing would happen to her,” she writes. “As a white woman and an LAPD officer, she used her privilege to get away with shooting a brown man in Historic South Central L.A. in the middle of a pandemic.”
The family also alleges the LAPD concocted a scenario in which McBride and other officers’ lives were in danger in order to justify the killing.
Not only is Officer Toni McBride the son Los Angeles Police Protective League Director Jamie McBride, but she also regularly shoots guns and models in videos promoting Taran Tactical Innovations, a company that supplies high-end tactical firearms to police and Hollywood, as well as trains actors in how to use guns authentically.
Are tasers, or nonlethal shots, a last resort for the LAPD? Is it not LAPD’s responsibility upon wielding the badge of honor, to de-escalate such situations? Are surrounding civilians not a priority in such a case?
Answers to these remain up to the morality of the individual.
— Andrew Mason (@andrewmason54) June 19, 2020
She was featured in dozens of videos on Facebook and Instagram, firing tactical weapons at the TTI range, including one where she is seen interacting with actor Jake Busey and excitedly nailing targets.
Hernandez’s Family Statement
In the wrongful death lawsuit, Hernandez’s family says that a “code of silence” and a culture of covering for officers who use unnecessary deadly force have been a part of the LAPD for “at least 20 years.” The city is named as a defendant because of this allegation.
And Vergara also believes that Jamie McBride’s connections will prevent a fair investigation and consequences for Officer McBride.
“Toni McBride is protected by the union and all of her dad’s cop buddies,” Vergara wrote in her petition. “We are frustrated at the lack of response from our local leaders to manage the LAPD. [District Attorney] Jackie Lacey doesn’t do anything either.”
McBride Is Back On Duty
Spectrum News reported last week that McBride was back on duty in the Newton Division and that LAPD told them the investigation into Hernandez’s shooting could take a year.
Tonight @LAPDHQ confirmed Officer Toni McBride is back on patrol. The LAPD says the investigation into her deadly use of force will take up to a year.
She shot and killed 38 yo Daniel Hernandez after a car crash in Newton on April 22.
— Kate Cagle (@KateCagle) June 20, 2020
The International Association of Chiefs of Police, in a manual of recommendations for police departments when it comes to officer-involved shootings, says that officers should be immediately placed on administrative leave, pending mental health counseling.
The LAPD declined to comment this week when Heavy asked if McBride was back on patrol or on leave, citing ongoing litigation.
Hernandez’s family wants to see McBride fired and federally prosecuted for murder, according to their petition. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, attorney fees, and the cost of filing the suit.