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LAPD Chief to be Deposed in Ezell Ford Shooting Lawsuit

July 07, 2015  | 

The Los Angeles police chief must answer questions about a high-profile officer-involved shooting of a black man last year, a federal judge ruled Monday, citing contradictions between the chief's statements and a commission's finding that the shooting wasn't justified.

Police Chief Charlie Beck will have to take questions, in a formal deposition, from the attorney for the family of 25-year-old Ezell Ford, who was killed by police in August. Ford's parents are suing the city, the department and the officers involved. The trial is set for November.

Magistrate Judge Margaret Nagle found Ford's shooting was conspicuous enough that Beck should speak to contradictory findings about whether it was within policy, SCPR reports.

Last month, the Los Angeles Police Commission found that officers had no reason to stop and question Ford, and that a violation of department policy led to an altercation that ended withFord's death. Beck has said the officers in the shooting acted appropriately.

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kevCopAz @ 7/7/2015 9:35 PM

Well Charlie, nobody said the job would be easy. Join the club of what the line cops have to do all the time and face these gold digging Lawyers making stuff up to fit their version of the facts (which we all know are twisted lies). We have to face them, so should you.

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/8/2015 3:57 PM

Chief Beck you knew that they would be out for blood if you stood behind your officers instead of kissing their a**es. Good luck to you and don't back down now. Just hope that the people who are behind you stay behind you instead of jumping overboard.

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