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L.A. Police Commission Faults Officers in Ezell Ford Shooting

June 09, 2015  | 

The Los Angeles Police Commission issued a mixed ruling Tuesday in last year’s killing of a mentally ill black man, finding that one officer was wrong to use deadly force but clearing another in the fatal shooting, reports the LA Times.

The board also faulted both officers for their decisions to draw their weapons at different points during the confrontation with Ezell Ford and disapproved of the tactics used by one of the officers.

Ford's death became a local touchstone in a year when a string of controversial killings of black men by police around the country spurred a national debate about race and policing. Ford, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, died two days after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which set off the outcry.

The commission’s unanimous vote rejected a recommendation by LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who believed both officers were right to open fire and had urged commissioners to clear them of any wrongdoing.

It now falls to Beck, who alone is authorized to discipline officers, to decide what punishment, if any, to impose.

Comments (5)

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Fed Cop @ 6/10/2015 6:37 AM

And I bet the civilians on the commission were at the scene, and they all have 20/20 hindsight to make their decision contrary to what the Chief and his IA team discovered.

Bud Johnson @ 6/11/2015 4:40 PM

A team of trained and experienced investigators, along with a shoot rollout team from the DA's office completed a detailed investigation. If the officers screwed up, violated department policy, or used unsafe/dangerous tactics, they would be dealt with.
Past practice validates the LAPD does not cover up
(i.e. Rampart, Perez etc).
I am very disappointed to see that political pressure will determine possible unjust punishment.

Bud Johnson @ 6/11/2015 5:34 PM

I am retired from a neighboring police department from the Los Angeles area. During my career, I have worked a number of joint cases with LAPD.
I know for a fact that experienced investigators completed a detailed investigation, which included DNA evidence. LAPD would not tolerate a violation of civil rights, violation of policy, or unsafe/poor tactics.
I am disappointed that political pressure can possibly ruin an officer's career.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/11/2015 8:07 PM

Looks like its throw the officers under the bus time again. Lot of politics going on here. How much of a raise will the chief get for this one.

S.S. @ 6/12/2015 8:37 AM

yeah right, these morons who are on this board have never been on the job, or don't have a clue as to what is going on out there now a days. They did their job and took what could've been a spree killer. This is bullshit!

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