Americans in LA protest police brutality following killing of black man
Thousands of people in Los Angeles have marched toward the headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Department to protest against police brutality.
The rally was sparked by the killing of unarmed Ezell Ford last week. Ford was fatally shot by police officers in his Florence neighborhood.
Protesters walked through downtown Los Angeles, stopping periodically to tell police officers "Don’t Shoot.”
“I’m sick and tired of the police killing our people off,” said Nicole Tinson, who wore a shirt that read “Unapologetically black.”
Tinson said that the LAPD has been diminishing people living in her community for years.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous,” he said. “A man who holds his hands up is surrendering himself. You can’t go shoot someone already down.”
According to a police statement, two officers got out of their car on West 65th Street on Aug. 11 in order to approach Ford to talk to him.
But the 25-year-old continued walking and before tackling one of the two officers, the two cops shot him. Ford was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.
However, an eyewitness contradicted the statement and said there was no such struggle and that neighbors shouted at the officers, “He’s got mental problems.”
According to a family member, Ford was diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, and he was taking medication and seeing a doctor.
Similar protests are being held in Ferguson, Missouri to protest the police killing of an unarmed black teenager last week.