24-year-old Ezell Ford was shot and killed by police on the night of August 11th in South Los Angeles. Ford was stopped by police around 8:20 p.m, because there was a shooting in the area and Ford just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
According to a statement made by the Police Department, during the course of the stop “a struggle ensued” and police opened fire. Ford was badly injured, and was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
The police have not yet commented on the details of the incident, but the mother of Mr. Ford said that her son was lying on the ground and complying with the officers’ commands when he was shot. She also said that police refused to let her know where her son was hospitalized.
Ezell Ford is the 531st innocent person killed by law enforcement officers in LA since 2000.
This shooting comes in the aftermath of the police shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, which has sparked outrage across the country.
There has been a protest announced for Sunday, August 17 at 3:00pm. The specific location of the protest is to be announced, but more information can be found on the Facebook event page.
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