The Los Angeles Police Department is under fire for the murder of an unarmed black man in South LA on Monday. Ezell Ford was shot three times while lying on the ground and complying with officers, his mother, Tritobia Ford, said.
The news release from the LAPD said the police had conducted an “investigative stop” in the Newton area. “During the stop, a struggle ensued, which resulted in an officer-involved-shooting. It is unknown if the suspect has any gang affiliations,” the news release said. Ezell Ford died are being transported to a local hospital.
“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,” he 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.” Source: KTLA
This comes days after unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, was gunned down by a white Ferguson, Mo., officer as he and his friend, Dorian Johnson walked back to an apartment complex.