The LAPD blocked Ezell Ford’s autopsy report for months, but the Los Angeles County Coroner released the report on Monday. Ford, a 25-year-old unarmed black man was fatally shot by police in August. There seems to be a pattern of this behavior by officers.
Ford, a mentally ill man, was shot and killed after he was confronted by LAPD officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas on a Los Angeles street while he was walking home. Buzzfeed has all of the details here, including the autopsy report.
The report reveals that Ford was shot three times: once in the abdomen, once in the back and once in the right arm. The wounds to abdomen and back were ruled fatal. The wound to back showed a muzzle imprint, suggesting it occurred from very close range.
As Ford walked away, he attempted to conceal his hands, Beck said. And according to the officers, Ford was making “movements that they regarded as suspicious.”
It comes as a surprise to no one ever that Conservatives on Twitter think Ford’s death at the hands of a police officer was justified. After all, to them it was acceptable that Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, John Crawford, Eric Garner, etc, etc, etc, were all shot dead.
— Squidward Testicles (@mistertea2016) December 30, 2014
@jacksanders1957 Don’t hit ’em; you’ll never get the stink off your car.
— Andy O™ (@LegalPoetry) December 30, 2014
— im tired (@imtiredofallyou) December 30, 2014
Well this is a lie.
— S.Tyner (@steventyner) December 30, 2014
Oh, FFS. He wasn’t at a store. She’s getting her talking points all mixed up.
— V Venit (@VenitVirginia) December 30, 2014
But there was an eyewitness. Via the Huffington Post:
“I was sitting across the street when it happened. So as he was walking down the street, the police approached him, whatever was said I couldn’t hear it, but the cops jumped out of the car and rushed him over here into this corner. They had him in the corner and were beating him, busted him up, for what reason I don’t know he didn’t do nothing. The next thing I know I hear a ‘pow!’ while he’s on the ground. They got the knee on him. And then I hear another ‘pow!’ No hesitation. And then I hear another ‘pow!’ Three times.”
At one point while the police had Ford on the ground, but before the shooting took place, Hill said, he heard an officer yell, “Shoot him.”
Black lives matter. All lives matter.
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