Hundreds of protesters rallied outside of the Los Angeles Police Department’s headquarters over the death of an unarmed man fatally shot by police last week.
Ezell Ford, 25, was killed during a confrontation with police on Aug. 11. Demonstrators called for a complete investigation into his death.
“I’m sick and tired of the police killing our people off,” one protester, Nicole Tinson, told the Los Angeles Times.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous. A man who holds his hands up is surrendering himself. You can’t go shoot someone already down.”
Police maintain that Ford was refusing to comply with two veteran gang officers and was reaching for a cop’s gun when he was shot, KTLA-TV reported.
But an eyewitness claims she didn’t see Ford struggling with cops when he was gunned down and that neighbors tried to warn the officers that the man had mental health issues.
Ford was diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder. His family said he had been seeing a doctor and was taking medication.
Protesters are demanding the LAPD release more information about the shooting. Some of the demonstrators who had been gathering at rallies to honor Michael Brown joined to protest Ford’s killing.
Black lives matter.
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