Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas killed Ezell Ford, 25, during a confrontation. They have not yet been charged, according to the Los Angeles Times. Ford was described by family attorneys as mentally challenged.
The report found a marked increase in the shooting of mentally ill people from the previous year.
"This is a tragedy for all involved," Police Commission President Steve Soboroff said late Tuesday. "The Ford family, my
Two Los Angeles cops have won a $4 million settlement with the city after arguing that they were discriminated against after
It's possible the police were justified in shooting the man known to locals as "Africa." But considering how the Times equivocated about what's visible in the video, it seems Smith and Beck have so far doled out more propaganda than credible information.
UPDATE 3/2: This story has been updated to reflect that the video has been removed from Facebook. The incident, which occurred
Police Chief Charlie Beck, whose department has faced distrust in the largely black South Los Angeles location of the shooting
Police said they were responding to a call reporting an assault with a deadly weapon at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard
The hand gestures that mimic the holding of a firearm, he said, merely express the frustration that many South LA residents
"Pending further investigative and forensic analysis, the LAPD Force Investigation Division investigators have requested
Many streets were closed in the area of Venice Boulevard and La Brea Avenue as teams conducted a search. Three individuals
"What we did today was work on the narrow, small end of the funnel," said Trutanich. "We got rid of the small portion of
One of the lowest moments for the LAPD came when Sergeant Stacey Koon publicly defended the use of force against Rodney King. While the LAPD has clearly changed, there are still some troubling signs that more needs to be done.