In the wake of the Mike Brown tragedy in Missouri, details about another African American male being shot and killed by police, emerged Tuesday.
25-year-old Ezell Ford died from gun shot wounds after an encounter with Los Angeles Police officers in the Southern part of the city on Monday, reports KTLA.
Monday evening, shortly after a shooting was reported at the intersection of West 65th Street and South Broadway, the LAPD stopped Ford on the 200th block of 65th Street before things took a dangerous turn.
According to a police statement, officers opened fire after “a struggle ensued.”
Commander Andrew Smith said Ford “spun around, tucked his head toward the officer’s gun and basically tackled him to the ground, trying to grab at the weapon.” The partner shot at the man while the lead officer relied on his “backup weapon” to shoot, he added.
The mother of the victim, Tritobia Ford however, said her son was lying on the ground and obeying the officers’ commands when he was shot three times in the back. “My heart is so heavy. My son was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did,” she said.
Tritobia Ford also claims that police refused to inform her of where her son was hospitalized, a claim police deny.
Other family members support the woman’s account.
A man who identified himself as a cousin of the victim said he had been around the corner when the incident occurred. “They laid him out and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems,” the man said.
“The excessive force … there was no purpose for it. The multiple shootings in the back while he’s laying down? No. Then when the mom comes, they don’t try to console her … they pull the billy clubs out.”
Multiple reports indicate Ford was unarmed. The incident is being investigated by LAPD’s Force Investigation Division.
Police State Daily requests for comment were denied.
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