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The report could offer more insight into conflicting accounts of what happened moments before Ford was shot. LAPD officials say Ford was resisting arrest and was shot when he tried to take an officer’s handgun. But witnesses have told local reporters Ford was face-down on the ground when he was killed.
Lerman, who represented Rodney King, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD on behalf of Ford’s parents. The lawsuit seeks $75 million in damages.
But Ford, the statement said, “continued walking and made suspicious movements, including attempting to conceal his hands.
“When the officers got closer and attempted to stop the individual, the individual turned, grabbed one of the officers, and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, they fell to the ground and the individual attempted to remove the officer’s handgun from its holster.” The other officer, police said, “fired his handgun and the officer on the ground fired his backup weapon at the individual.”
“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 man said. In addition: “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.”
“My heart is so heavy,” she told the station. “My son was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did.”
The Times reported that Ford had prior convictions for marijuana possession and illegal possession of a loaded firearm.
Ford’s parents said he was diagnosed with depression and later schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
An autopsy report released Monday on a 25-year-old black man killed in a confrontation with Los Angeles police appears to affirm initial statements by officers about the struggle that led to the close-range shooting, police said.
Ezell Ford was shot three times in his right side, right arm and back, according to the report that also says a muzzle imprint was found around the back wound and that Ford had abrasions to his left hand, forearm and elbow.
The report was disclosed after police initially ordered the Los Angeles County medical examiner's office to withhold the results for months to avoid tainting potential witness statements.
There are a myriad of reasons why they could have stopped.
originally posted by: Domo1
a reply to: InverseLookingGlass
Oh you already got the autopsy report?
It looks like he was a pot smoker. He also had a record for carrying a loaded handgun.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: Domo1
Fired his back up weapon??
Would that be something other thing his service weapon?
originally posted by: 3u40r15m
Why do you hope it's justified? If he was face down The cop should be also killed face down