Open Season: Unarmed, Mentally Challenged Black Man Killed By LAPD

August 13, 2014  |  

Source: KTLA

Just days after the unjust killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, another innocent man has lost his life to police brutality. On Monday, the LAPD shot and killed Ezell Ford.

Ford, 25, was unarmed and described by his family as having mental complications. He was stopped by police, just blocks from his home, during what they referred to as an investigative stop at around 8:20 p.m.

According to a press release from the LAPD, a struggle ensued. The police said an officer-involved shooting occurred and “The suspect was transported to a local hospital and after lifesaving efforts he succumbed to his injuries.” 

Not sure why Ford was labelled as a suspect when he wasn’t the one who did the shooting and was just walking in his own neighborhood.

His family tells a different story.

His mother, Tritobia Ford told KTLA her son was lying down on the ground, on his stomach, complying with officers when he was shot three times in the back.

Another man, a cousin of Ford’s supported her story.

“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 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.”

No officers were injured during the altercation and the Force’s Investigation Division is set to look into the matter.

Honestly, I tried to avoid writing about this story for as long as I could because yet another heinous killing of an unarmed Black man in this country is taking a severe toll on my spirit. But then again, you all need to know what’s going on in this country of ours.

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  • Bri

    It is ridiculous! My heart aches because this is extremely close to home. My best-friend was just slammed by an officer in PG County, MD because she refused to give him her cell phone. She, her cousin, and another young lady were recording officers being rough with a mother, her fifteen year old son, and her daughter. Crazy part is my friend wasn’t even recording because her phone was dead, but at the end of the day she didn’t have a legal requirement to hand over her phone and he had NO right to take it or put his hands on her for refusing! I just thank God that her cousin, who is very protective of her didn’t react, because that could have fatally escalated the situation. I know it’s sad, but I used to have this false sense of relief in being a woman.

  • KT

    Folks focusing on riots instead of the profound and utter misconduct of some of these officers policing our streets. Brown’s killer will continue to be protected and these officers will continue to have their jobs too. Were is the true narrative about what happened in both cases. We will probably never know. Protecting these officers at all cost. Doesn’t matter, put your hands up, don’t wear a hoodie, eat oatmeal, wear a part on the left side of your head,. Don’t matter. Color does. You let a white male bloodied dead body lie on the street for 4 hours after being shot by a police officer. America would be turned on its side. Officials names released immediately. Autopsy reports fully released immediately. Smh.

  • Anon

    Why is this still happening?! What the hell is anyone doing to stop it?

  • Music

    They really need to reevaluate the procedures it takes for someone to become a police officer. Its like they’re giving certification to h.s. drop outs who couldn’t get into any other career field.

  • Zainab

    What type of police officers are they hiring nowadays that they can’t even subdue a suspect without shooting them. It’s not even about race anymore, it’s about being a human being and showing respect for other people’s live even if they are a criminal.

    • *TeaCup*

      or taze him or anything, they are too quick to pull out a gun.

  • lockstress

    My heart is in my arse EVERYTIME my nephew walks out the door. He thinks I’m being overportoective…he doesn’t understand that I’m worried to death.
    God help us. These boys in blue stick together and its not limited to the city, state and town they are in.

    • *TeaCup*

      it’s really scary these days, not only do you have to worry about the “thugs” now you have to worry about the Po Po. SMH

  • nss

    These police officers are getting out of control. It’s sad a black man can’t even walk down the street without being harrassed smh. But yet we’re supposed to trust cops

  • Charles Spears

    Open season on blacks. And blacks are the #1 hunters.

    • 1Val

      Aren’t you lost, dear?
      Please find your way home from a black website.
      Thanks so much for your cooperation.

      • catm beretta

        You forgot to hang up the” blacks only” sign.

        • 1Val

          Its unspoken but understood that bigoted whites comments are unwanted on a black website.
          Happy to remind you and your ilk who intruded on this site.

        • KT

          No the sign reads “Take Your Hateful Comments Elsewhere.” You have enough hateful social media sites to spew your hate. We know your kind will say that these young men deserved to die. That they were thugs, criminals, we don’t value ourselves, etc….smh. call us inhuman. Yeah right.

    • FromUR2UB

      YOU’RE still here, sucking up air, aren’t you?

  • CAliQueen

    Stories like this and what happened to Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin leaves me in fear for my sons life. My heart is heavy!

    • 1Val

      There is much work to be done.
      We can begin by reminding our “black male” President Obama that the black community requires action instead of empty platitudes and letters/statements of condolences after unarmed black males executions by police officers.
      President Obama just like the police must be held accountable for his inaction regarding the black community.
      I too am tired of reading tragedies such as this one.
      My heart goes out to victim’s family.

      • StraightShooter

        President Obama is not going to do anything. I believe that he truly doesn’t care. He used us to get elected and refuses to help our community that is being terrorized. Him being in office has reignited the racial tensions in this country. Everyone sees the writing on the wall. He needs to step up, but at most we will get a letter or a press conference, nothing that will change our lives.

        • mono

          Obama is a man-hating feminist and puppet of white supremacy.

    • Hmmmmmmmmmmm

      “I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community and their culture to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature makes them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self-improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation.
      Presently enriching the cities of Spokane WA, Chicago IL, Philadelphia PA, Washington D.C., St. Louis MO, New Orleans LA, Los Angeles CA, Flint MI, Baltimore MD, Pontiac MI, Gary Ind., Newark NJ, Cleveland OH, Atlanta GA, Richmond VA, Memphis TN, Birmingham AL, Camden NJ; and let’s not forget Detroit, the tourism capital of the world!!.”

      • Anders

        The greatest thing they are doing is draining your money through taxes like social programs as well as that Obamacare health.

      • KT

        And the white males shooting up children, women,and everybody else should be a contribution too. Described as brilliant, aloof, well mannered killers have sprayed bullets to the masses from the north, south, east, and west. Thank you. I think Newton takes the cake.

  • RonHat10

    You should identify an opinion piece when it is written. Otherwise, someone might mistake this for news reporting.

    • Guest

      What about this isn’t news to you? Maybe another unarmed black man being killed doesn’t merit reporting as far as you’re concerned. Granted this site isn’t the most impressive when it comes to its written skills, but every media outlet in this country should write about these issues because they merit being reported!!!

      • RonHat10

        “Just days after the unjust killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson” This is said as if it is fact. I know of no hearing, trial, inquisition, etc. that has determined this. It is an opinion of the writer. I agree,it does merit reporting. Just leave the reporters opinion out of it.

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