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Los Angeles cops cleared in death of homeless black man

FILE- In this Feb. 2, 2016 file photo, activists hold hands and pray outside outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters following the police commission's decision finding that the shooting of Charly "Africa" Keunang was justified in Los Angeles. Three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot Keunang, a black homeless man on Skid Row last year, will not face criminal charges according to a report released Thursday, Dec. 1, by the district attorney. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers, File)

FILE- In this Feb. 2, 2016 file photo, activists hold hands and pray outside outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters following the police commission's decision finding that the shooting of Charly "Africa" Keunang was justified in Los Angeles. Three Los Angeles police officers who fatally shot Keunang, a black homeless man on Skid Row last year, will not face criminal charges according to a report released Thursday, Dec. 1, by the district attorney. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers, File)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors have decided not to charge Los Angeles police officers with a crime in the fatal shooting of a homeless black man on Skid Row last year.

The Los Angeles district attorney said Thursday that the shooting was justified because Charly "Africa" Keunang had reached for an officer's gun.

Prosecutors say Keunang posed a deadly threat to officers and civilians when he was shot six times on March 1, 2015.

The Police Commission had previously cleared officers of the shooting, though it found one officer's tactics violated policy.

Video of the shooting that was shot by a bystander has been viewed millions of times online and prompted protests in the city.

Keunang's family has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the city and police department.