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Feldman writes: "About 500 people protested outside Los Angeles police headquarters on Sunday over the shooting death of an unarmed black man in California as disturbances continued in Missouri over the police killing of a black teenager there last week."

LAPD has kept a low profile during protests in LA over the police shooting death of Ezell Ford. (photo: Lucy Nicholson)
LAPD has kept a low profile during protests in LA over the police shooting death of Ezell Ford. (photo: Lucy Nicholson)


Protests in Los Angeles Intensify Over Police Shooting of Ezell Ford

By Dana Feldman, Reuters

19 August 14

 

bout 500 people protested outside Los Angeles police headquarters on Sunday over the shooting death of an unarmed black man in California as disturbances continued in Missouri over the police killing of a black teenager there last week.

Ezell Ford, 25, was killed by police in Los Angeles on Monday, two days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer in the St. Louis suburb where he lived.

"He was a humble guy," said Ford's cousin, Ceebo Ship, 22.

Ship and other family members said Ford suffered from an unspecified mental illness and was "slower than the rest of us," and a gentle person who loved basketball.

Ford's family said he was cooperating with officers and lying on the ground when shot. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said Ford had struggled with officers and was trying to grab one of their guns when he was shot.

The protesters on Sunday remained peaceful, many holding up signs that read, "Hands up, don't shoot," in reference to witness reports that Brown had his hands up when he was shot dead Aug. 9. Drivers honked their horns as they went by.

Los Angeles police are investigating Ford's death, which took place during an investigative stop that led to a scuffle, a police spokeswoman said.

The LAPD said no officer was hurt in the incident, and Ford, who was identified by family members, died in a local hospital.

In Ferguson, Missouri, mostly peaceful protests deteriorated into chaos late Sunday as riot police fired smoke and tear gas canisters into the crowd, which included children. Police said molotov cocktails had been thrown at them.

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+33 # Kwelinyingi 2014-08-19 14:44
Business as usual in our militarized police state. Police investigating Police shooting of unarmed citizens is like George W. investigating his own war crimes. Enough said.
 
 
+21 # Willman 2014-08-19 18:46
They can give up their white robes and hoods on the outside but they are pure Klan on the inside.
 
 
+18 # James Klimaski 2014-08-20 03:07
Shoot first, ask questions later. Except the dead guy can't talk. Can anyone point to a time when the police were ever held accountable?
 
 
+10 # indian weaver 2014-08-20 06:29
This is to me the real source of outrage. No murderer / assassin cop has even been charged with murder, although their murders are blatantly public. This is the source of fear too: that we are defenseless against The Machine of Vicious Lawless Police Crimes Against We the People. Just once, I want to see a cop murderer face the music like the rest of us. However, with liars like Jim Clapper, Head of NSA, blatantly lying in public to the Congress with impunity, and apparently immunity, we know we are all in deep doo doo anymore in the onslaught of Obama's Lawless Fascist terrorism, now domestic as well as worldwide. The rule of law no longer applies to the government stooges, only We the People.
 
 
+6 # Vardoz 2014-08-20 08:58
There is a national agenda of murder and wage genocide against our African American citizens all across the nation! Whether in be by gun or prison, they are being systematically extinguished. We must speak out in big numbers 202-456 1111. Police should not be allowed to kill unarmed citizens with total immunity. I do not know who has authorized this but they need to be prosecuted. I asked a police officer in Dayton why they had to kill a young man playing with a toy gun in Walmart and couldn't just shoot him in the leg or arm or NOT AT ALL and she said we are not trained for that. I replied maybe you should be. So they are trained to kill an innocent person without proof of innocence? Whites will be next.
 
 
+7 # Jingze 2014-08-20 09:38
Funny, isn't it, that so many people slaughtered by the police were gunned down trying to charge the police and take away their guns. The police are getting away with murder.
 

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