On the heels of Michael Brown’s killing in St. Louis, reports are emerging about a 24-year-old black man in South Los Angeles who was killed by cops.
Ezell Ford’s mother, Tritobia Ford, said her son was lying on the ground and obeying police orders when they shot him three times. According to KTLA, Ezell’s cousin told the news station that the officers in the area knew that Ford had “mental problems” and “complications.” The man told KTLA that police shot Ezell Ford in the back, and that when Ford’s mother approached police asking for information, they pulled out billy clubs.
“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.
The LAPD said in a statement that the incident will be reviewed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division and other agencies.
The incident took place at about 8:20 p.m. Monday night as officers conducted an investigative stop, according to the LAPD statement. During that stop, “a struggle ensued” and this resulted in an “officer-involved shooting,” according to the statement.
The man underwent surgery at a local hospital and died, the LAPD said.