So, on Monday, a 25 year old black man named Ezell Ford had an encounter with the police that ended with him dead in the street. Details are pretty scarce and one-sided because the cops appear to have gone directly to the clammed-up siege mentality thing they do when they're afraid that they fucked up big time.
An unidentified person shot Monday night by a Los Angeles police officer in the Florence neighborhood has died, authorities said Tuesday. An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Division conducted "an investigative stop" in the 200 block of West 65th Street about 8:20 p.m. Monday, according to a LAPD news release. During the stop, a "struggle ensued" and the officer shot the person. LAPD media relations officer Jane Kim said no other information was available, including the victim's identity or why the officer approached him or her.
"My heart is so heavy," Tritobia Ford said in an interview Tuesday evening. "My son was a good kid. He didn't deserve to die the way he did."
Her son was lying on the ground and complying with the officers' commands when he was shot three times, Tritobia Ford said.
In the aftermath of the shooting, she said, police refused to inform her of where Ezell Ford was hospitalized.
An LAPD supervisor at the scene of the shooting was unaware of anyone being denied information, Faden said Tuesday.
The victim's family members interviewed on camera at the scene of the shooting on Monday night supported Tritobia Ford's account.
A man who did not give his name and identified himself only as a cousin of the victim described what he witnessed, saying he had been around the corner when the altercation first 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."
The way Ford's mom claims to have been treated makes a lot of sense, or is at least typical. The cops can be pretty sensitive and compassionate when they're dealing with victims, but you have to be the right kind of victim first. In their eyes, she's just an ongoing problem that's going to cause a rash of shit for the department, so fuck her and compassion goes right out the window. As for the brass on this one, I figure they're rushing to find out what, if anything, got caught on camera so they can all get their stories straight.