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Los Angeles Police Department shoots unarmed, mentally ill man

Family Says Police Shooting of Man With Disabilities Unwarranted

By Isabelle Chapman

As the Ferguson community outside St. Louis continues to press for answers over the death of Michael Brown, another unarmed black man was shot and killed by the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ezell Ford was walking in south Los Angeles near his home Monday evening, when the LAPD's Newton Division carried out 'an investigative stop.' According to a LAPD news release, a struggle ensued, and an officer shot Ford. He was then transported to a local hospital before he died.

His mother, Tritobia Ford, told KTLA that her son was 'mentally challenged.' The Detroit Free Press reports that his mother said Ford was on the ground, and cooperating with police officers when he was shot three times. A man who claimed to be Ford's cousin told KTLA that the police shot the 24-year-old in the back.

'My son was a good kid,' Ford's mother told KTLA. 'He didn't deserve to die the way he did.'

This comes in the wake of several racially charged shootings over the past few years. Perhaps the most publicized was the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, and also the murder of Renisha McBride, outside of Detroit.

According to the LAPD's news release, there will be an investigation of the incident involving the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Justice System Integrity Division will also review the facts involved in this particular shooting.

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dbear4u2 August 13 2014 at 12:38 PM

Let the rioting begin ! Can I place my order for a 60 inch tv and maybe some Colt 45 malt liquor and some air Jordan sneakers.

One thing we can be sure of, the library is safe. Never seen them pick up a book.

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gcarlson007 August 13 2014 at 12:56 PM

How come whites aren't getting shot? Could it be, because, they have enough sense to comply with police demands? Whites commit crimes too! When we are told to get on the ground, we, get on the ground! We don't go after the officers gun! Momma, you need to teach your children better!

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guillermo.amaya August 13 2014 at 12:11 PM

America this is happening to often, this must stop, we must join together to have police reform, who is next, you, your family member, friends, yourself....this thugs (cops) biggest gangs on the street must stop, they get away all the time with murder..their line is always the same, I was afraid for my life, this means that they are not being trained properly, as American citizens we must stop this nonsense....

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moochelleboochelle August 13 2014 at 12:24 PM

I WONDER WHEN THE RIOTS WILL START?????????????????

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barryaclarke August 13 2014 at 12:40 PM

Hmmm, looks like Al is going to have a hard time being in two places at the same time...............

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zrsz1 August 13 2014 at 12:29 PM

I'm sure this "victim" was the salt of the earth too

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jeffnevar August 13 2014 at 12:22 PM

officer must have been black. This story will be history by tomorrow.

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swifterman August 13 2014 at 12:57 PM

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That's what it is like, to live in a 3 rd world police state . . .

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spdy65 August 13 2014 at 12:31 PM

Well of course his mother said he was cooperating. The evidence will prove whether he was really shot in the back while on the ground.

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vernsmaria spdy65 August 13 2014 at 3:05 PM

And of course the police said he was struggling. We already know the police lie just as much if not more than everyone else.

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JP August 13 2014 at 9:54 PM

It's amazing that all these poor innocent people were just taking a walk minding their own business . They're always all star, college bound non gang related outstanding citizens that were attacked for no reason. Simply amazing!

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