Autopsy Shows LA Cops Shot Mentally Ill Unarmed Black Man in the Back at Point Blank Range
An autopsy has found that 25-year-old Ezell Ford was shot by Los Angeles police officers in his back.
On Monday, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed that Ford was shot three times, once in the back, as well as in his right side and his right arm.
Police say Ford was unarmed when police confronted him back in August. They tried to speak to him but say the altercation led to a struggle and Ford tried to grab an officer’s gun.
The autopsy found that Ford was shot in the back at point blank range, with a muzzle imprint found around his back wound.
While the legal proceedings are ongoing, Ford’s parents have already filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and a $75 million claim against the city of Los Angeles.
The suit claims the two officers involved in the shooting knew Ford from the neighborhood and knew that the 25-year-old suffered mental health problems.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters on Monday that, “This investigation is far from over… There is nothing in the coroner’s report that is inconsistent with the officers’ version of events.”
Steven Lerman, the family’s attorney, said, “Anything [Beck] says is self-serving. What the report shows is that Ezell was shot in the back and killed.”
Ford’s grandmother, Dorothy Clark, admitted she always worried about Ezell’s safety but not from the police.
“I thought the gangs would kill him,” Clark told the Los Angeles Times. “I thought police would protect him.”