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LA police fatally shoot an unarmed black man they knew to be mentally disabled

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Another fatal police shooting comes under question just days after an 18-year-old from Missouri was fatally shot. Yesterday, Aug. 12, a Los Angeles police officer shot and killed 24-year-old Ezell Ford just minutes after they made an “investigative stop,” at about 8 p.m.; the young man was just steps away from where he lived in the Newton neighborhood, South of L.A.

Ford’s mother, Tritobia Ford, described to KTLA that she was told her son had complied with officers to lay down, but was shot multiple times. “They laid him out and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back knowing mentally, he has complications.”

A close relative to the family said. “Every officer in this area, from Newton Division, knows that -- that this child has mental problems.”

Although the victim was driven in an ambulance to a hospital, he was later pronounced dead. LAPD’s spokeswoman said they will hold a vigil Tuesday night.

The LAPD officer who shot the 24-year-old was not injured, according to a LAPD press release. Furthermore, the investigation will have multiple channels of oversight which include: “the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Departments use-of-force policy.” Ezell was allegedly unarmed, and laying on his stomach when shot.

“My heart is so heavy,” Ford’s mother said to KTLA. “My son was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did.” Other witnesses at the place of the shooting said the police used questionable force, and it was also noticed cops pulled out billy clubs when Ford’s mother arrived at the scene.

Some family members and friends have now scheduled a protest outside of LAPD Headquarters for Sunday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m., according to a Facebook event titled, “LAPD Murdered Another Person Monday Night.” So far, out of the 5.4K invited, only 378 guests are attending and maybe 99. The story is swiftly being shared on Twitter under #EzellFord.

This fatal shooting comes as the nation watches news coverage of rioting and looting in Missouri after the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old who was unarmed and shot to death by local police.

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