Jesus Take The Wheel: LAPD Murks 25-Year-Old Model Reggie Doucet Over Cab Fare

- By Bossip Staff

Once again, a young black man loses his life to the LAPD under shady circumstances.

Civil rights activists Saturday urged Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck to review policies for officers dealing with intoxicated or mentally disturbed people in light of the shooting death of a nearly naked man in Playa Vista early Friday.

Reggie Doucet Jr., 25, a former college football player, apparently got into a dispute with a cabbie bringing him home from a Hollywood club and stripped naked about 3 a.m. outside the Crescent Park West condominiums, where he reportedly lived.

When police arrived, they were able to get him to put on some boxer shorts, but he allegedly ran off. Officers confronted him in the doorway of a building, and Doucet allegedly started fighting with the officers. When he allegedly tried to grab an officer’s gun, he was fatally shot.

“I heard them try to detain him and he would not comply and there was a fight, a physical fight, and then I heard two shots,” neighbor Monica Vogelbacher said.

Doucet’s sports agent said he was at a loss to explain what happened.

“Maybe he was belligerent, I don’t know, but I have never seen him drunk. Never. Violent? Never,” Chris Ellison told the Los Angeles Times. “He was an outstanding young man who was trying to make a better life.”

The two officers who fought with Doucet were treated for minor injuries — police said both suffered blows to the face — and a squad car was destroyed in a crash in the 4200 block of Centinela Avenue as backup officers rushed to the scene.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the Los Angeles Urban Roundtable and Eddie Jones of the Los Angeles Civil Rights Association met with Doucet’s friends, family and neighbors Saturday during a vigil at the site of the shooting and urged Beck to review Los Angeles Police Department policies for officers dealing with intoxicated or mentally disturbed people.

“Friends and neighbors of Doucet expressed shock and anger at the killing,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “They want honest answers as to why LAPD had to resort to the use of deadly force with an unarmed suspect who may have had an emotional issue.”

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  • Getem

    I’m more pissed at black on black crime more than anything.

    • Kyra

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  • Nana

    People r going HAM on twitter over this dude! I don’t knw him but am very saddened by his death! And he’s FOIN too, damn! Smh

    • Sha

      Yeah he was hot… R.I.P.

    • Getem

      I hope they do the same for black on black crime as well.

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  • white male

    punched two cops in the face?

  • Starr

    I miss my friend. RIP Reggie. We love you

    • London Girl

      So sorry for your lost. He was such a HANDSOME young man! Very sad R.I.P 😦

  • Buttaz

    He reached for an officer’s weapon. They had all right to take him down. Smh. Learn how to hold your liquor. Condolences to his fam though.

    • Glok.... JustAZZtounding...!!!

      Buttaz you dont know thats what really happened, thats the officers account, he’s dead, he cant give his side.

      What I think happened was he did fight them because somethging was wrong with him, he must have been beating their azzes, but they have tasers and billy clubs, why werent either used?

    • erica

      look Buttaz you dont know Reggie, he wasnt a violent person even he was intoxicated he’d be the first to say he’s a lover not a fighter. he was a good guy and not he did not have any mental issues like the news is portraying and they did not have to talk him into putting on clothes he had on boxers the whole time. do you not notice they are not interview anyone that really knows him? or the cab driver? so dont believe whatever you hear on tv or websites. please and thank you

  • Mabel

    Where is the building security cameras so we can see what went down?

  • prissa

    LAPD is the WORST police dept in the world! Why didn’t they use their taser??? Any excuse 2 kill a blac man!

  • TT BOY

    LAPD have lied time and time again.We’ll NEVER know the true story!

  • keebler mf elf

    Black males can’t have mental or emotional issue in America, because White America does not allow us to have those kind of excuses. We get killed or jailed for that S Hit!

  • The Commenter Formerly Known as White Devil

    Maybe the results would have been different had he been white. But as a white guy, I am never going to test that theory.

    • GoReadAbook

      White folks get gunned down by police too! Sometimes by black cops but I never hear anyone talk this race thing

  • VirgoJewel

    I gotta agree. If you already know the cops like killin’ everything brown and male- than why act in any way shape or form to give them reason to hurt you?
    If he grabbed the gun then he must’ve been high out of his mind!

    May he rest in peace.

  • SwirlOnSista

    this guy decides to go HAM on police officers and yes it’s sad he was killed but what do you expect when you try taking a policemans gun during a fight. I have seen fights break out between the police and a suspect, where the suspect ends up getting the weapon and killing the officer!!!!!! I’m siding with the police actions until something else proves otherwise.

  • Marquis de Sade

    😆 I think you just answered your own question. If I was a cop in this day n’ age, i’d probably be more apt to draw my gun while issuin’ commands to the suspect as opposed to givin’ them the benefit of the doubt.

  • Glok.... JustAZZtounding...!!!

    Again, Marquis why didnt they just stay back and tase the shyt outta him?

    • Marquis de Sade

      Obviously you’re not from L.A., cuz if you were, then you’d realize that usin’ a taser can open up a can of LITIGIOUS worms that California can ill afford in these recessionary times…This ain’t some PUBLIC ENEMY cd, GLOK, it’s real life, and it’s up to the individual to either make “SAID” real life simple by obeying to rules and comporting themselves in a civilized manner or act a fool and suffer the consequences. It ain’t rocket science.

  • pat

    I believe this story like I believe in the tooth fairy

  • BossLady

    normally i cringe at anything Marquis has to say (even tho its usually spot on) but in this i will have to agree yet again…i remember the story of the white man with the water hose nozzle and they did in fact fatally shoot him…people when the laws are involved you must, by all means, comply…they are the ones with weapons and back up…i would rather comply and be alive than protest and die a hero or a story on the news. his death is tragic and most certainly could have been prevented in many ways and officers should know when they are dealing with mentally unstable people but until then….things like this will always occur…RIP young man


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  • Marquis de Sade

    Uhhh, he has enough BALANCE to run, didn’t he? He had enough BALANCE to resist arrest, didn’t he? He had enough where with all to instruct the cab driver to take him to his residence, didn’t he? Stop makin’ excuses for someone who couldn’t handle his liquor consumption and obviously had some ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT issues.

  • Blessed Daughter

    My condolences go out to the family of this brotha, but we all know that based on the information we have, this will be determined as a “justifiable” killing. However, I must say that this brotha is fine as wine. Dam what a lost. I would enjoy looking @ him.

  • Bunny(formerly Angel/UrHeiness)

    SMH!! R.I.P

  • jdmann

    What if people stopped complying with cops. Would they go on a killing spree, start shooting anything that moved. When it comes to freedom maybe our attitude should be ‘grave where is your victory, death where is your sting’.

  • big c

    let me see cops don’t have stun guns or pepper spray on them you had to pull your gun first bull shh I wonder how people sleep at night when they murder a man.

  • prissa

    I thought the use of deadly force was the LAST resort. Police have many other methods @ their disposal to restrain ppl. All u fools justifying the LAPD actions can kick rocks and f!uck off too!

    This is nothing 2 joke about. This culda been ur father, brother, cuzo, uncle or grandpappy fools!

  • isaiit

    The problem is this ALWAYS happen to our black men. When is the Government going to acknowledge the war that has been declared on black men under the guise of a war on drugs. Get outta here with all that rhetoric they use to justify it… sad

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