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