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Protesters Gather Outside Los Angeles Mayor's House Over Police Shooting Decision

June 08, 2015  | 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti released a statement overnight as a group protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man continued to camp out Monday morning in front of his Hancock Park residence.

About 10 to 15 people were outside Getty House early Monday morning. Posters with Ford's image and signs with the words "Stop Police Violence" were posted on the front gate and brick wall outside the mayor's official residence, NBC Los Angeles reports.

Protesters vowed to remain at the site until Tuesday as part of a protest organized by Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles in response to reports in the Los Angeles Times that Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Inspector General Alex Bustamante have found that officers were justified in shooting 25-year-old Ezell Ford Aug. 11 near the intersection of 65th Street and Broadway in South Los Angeles. The protesters demanded that Tuesday's police commission vote on the matter be held in public and not in closed session.

Ford, 25, was shot in South LA during a scuffle with officers, according to the police account. The LAPD said Ford did not comply with a request to stop, made suspicious movements and grabbed for an officer's gun after tackling them, according to the Times, which cited two sources who spoke on condition that they not be identified because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the case.


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Morning Eagle @ 6/8/2015 11:02 PM

In today's upside down world apparently tackling officers and trying to get one their guns does not constitute reason to use deadly force to stop the perpetrator. At least not in the minds (I use that term loosely) of these "black lives matter" imbeciles.

TOM GRESHAM @ 6/9/2015 8:18 AM

The creep tried to take an officer's gun...What the hell do you think he was going to do with it...Pawn it???

The cops had a right to shoot this dirtbag...

HRPufnstuf @ 6/9/2015 10:54 AM

These Police Chiefs, Mayors, and whoever is the spokesman of the day need to step up and refute all the UNARMED statements by the protestors and the media. As soon as he grabbed an officer's gun, he WAS armed, same as those that drive a vehicle at police when they're trying to get away.

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