The Los Angeles Police Department recently shot and killed a 25-year-old who was said to have suffered from mental disabilities. That much is not in dispute. Ezell Ford, 25, was shot by LAPD officers Monday night and later died after he had been transported to the hospital, according to local KTLA news in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles-area residents are planning their own protest, scheduled for this Sunday, following in the footsteps of similar protests after St. Louis Michael Brown an unarmed young African America was shot by police.
The protest was announced on Facebook, with an event scheduled which describes the shooting as the “murder” of another unarmed African American, and references Michael Brown’s death as part of the same continuum of police violence against the community.
In the Los Angeles shooting, Ford’s mother claims that he was laying on the ground at the time the police shot. Another witness, said to be Ford’s cousin said that he was around the corner and saw him shot after the officers had already laid him on the ground on his back. “Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems,” the witness told local KTLA.
In the Los Angeles area 303 people have been killed this year by police, according to a Los Angeles Times database. The question is: are we going to keep remaining silent about it, or are we finally going to take a stand?
(Article by James Achisa and Shante Wooten)