Monday, the LAPD is accused of shooting a 25-year-old mentally challenged black man in an 'investigative stop'.
The incident occurred in Newtown around 8:20 pm. For reasons that have not yet been released, the LAPD laid out Ezell Ford on the ground in a routine investigative stop, and shot him three times. According to Tritobia Ford, her son was complying with police when he was shot.
“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,” said an anonymous person who claims to be Ford's cousin in an interview with KTLA. “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.”
According to a news release from the LAPD, a "struggle ensued" during the stop, which resulted in the shooting. No officers were injured during the incident.
The dust had barely settled from the riots that broke out in Missouri this weekend after police shot a black, unarmed teen on his way to visit his grandmother in the middle of the afternoon. A candlelight vigil was held for Ford Tuesday night, and people are at a loss of what to do about this epidemic of brutal police officers that threatens young black men everywhere.