A police officer shot and killed an unarmed, mentally challenged black man in Los Angeles on Monday, his family said.
Family members identified Ezell Ford, 25, as the man the cop killed on the 200 block of West 65th St. about 8:20 p.m. And one eyewitness says the officer yelled “shoot him” before killing the man in the street.
His mother, Tritobia Ford, said the shooting was unjustified and that her son was complying with the officer’s orders, according to local media.
"My heart is so heavy," she told KTLA. ”My son was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did.”
Ford, she said, was lying on the ground when the officer shot him in the back three times.
A man claiming to be Ford’s cousin told the station he witnessed the incident and that there was no justification for excessive force.
"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," he told KTLA.
And another eyewitness told the Huffington Post that an officer screamed out “shoot him” before the unarmed Ford was filled with three slugs.
Someone live-tweeted Mike Brown’s murder. Read Bottom-up.
TW: POLICE BRUTALITY
I know the Brown family asked to not have his image used, but because this was the stream of conscious/presence sense impression of someone who will undoubtedly be a witness in this case, I thought it was important to show the photo and his proximity to what happened.
so everyone shut the fuck up. it is being reported on a major news source that the police had no idea.
Today is the day Marty McFly goes to the future!
Where is my hoverboard
I just have to reblog this because this is LITERALLY a once in a lifetime thing and I need it on my blog.
SAME. I JUST NEED TO HAVE IT RIGHT NOW!
"the silence crescendo" -partynextdoor
Lord I come to you today to ask for you to quench this unholy thirst. Lord if you an spare me just a drop of crystal clear water, may all my days moving forward shall I serve you.
Lmao what in the world