(Comments have timed out on my ‘ No Indictment for Houston Cop Who Executed Unarmed Jordan Baker’ post, so I thought we could continue the conversation/s here.)
— Joe Catron (@jncatron) December 30, 2014
From the LA Times:
‘The autopsy of Ezell Ford, a mentally ill black man killed by police in South Los Angeles in August, shows he was shot three times — once in the right side, once in the right back and once in the right arm.
The release of the autopsy Monday marks the first time authorities have provided details about Ford’s wounds since his Aug. 11 death.
The gunshot wound on his back showed the surrounding skin had a “muzzle imprint,” according to the autopsy, suggesting the shot was made at very close range. The autopsy said the back and side gunshot wounds were fatal.
The autopsy does not make any judgment about the conduct of the officers in the shooting or provide a detailed narrative of what occurred.
Ford’s parents have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and $75 million claim against the city.
The suit said two gang officers involved in the shooting — Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas — knew Ford from the neighborhood and were aware he had mental problems.
The suit also claimed that the city, LAPD and 10 unnamed superiors or other officers were part of a culture that tolerated civil rights violations, including racial profiling and excessive force against blacks.
The withholding of the autopsy report became an issue itself, but in November, Mayor Eric Garcetti promised that it would be released before year’s end.’
(LAPD Chief) Beck said the officers had gotten out of their car to speak to Ford but that the 25-year-old walked away. Beck said the officers followed Ford to a nearby driveway, where Ford crouched between a car and some bushes. When one of the officers reached toward Ford, the chief said, he grabbed the officer and forced him to the ground.
Beck said Ford pinned the officer to the ground and tried to remove his handgun from his holster. The officer yelled to his partner that Ford had his gun, Beck said, prompting the officer’s partner to fire two rounds that hit Ford.
The third gunshot came when the officer on the ground grabbed his backup weapon, reached around Ford and fired a close-range shot that struck him in the back.
Beck noted the difficulty the department has had in tracking down eyewitnesses, saying that although the attorney representing Ford’s family had provided the LAPD with a list of witnesses, some had refused to cooperate. He said the department had not contacted a civilian who directly saw the incident.
‘Ford’s parents have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit and $75 million claim against the city.The suit said two gang officers involved in the shooting — Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas — knew Ford from the neighborhood and were aware he had mental problems.The suit also claimed that the city, LAPD and 10 unnamed superiors or other officers were part of a culture that tolerated civil rights violations, including racial profiling and excessive force against blacks.The withholding of the autopsy report became an issue itself, but in November, Mayor Eric Garcetti promised that it would be released before year’s end.”I believe all of us benefit when objective information is made available, as it is today,” Garcetti said in a statement Monday afternoon. “That’s why witnesses must come forward without delay. And that’s why violence in our streets or against the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department will not be tolerated.
“Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a statement that the autopsy presented only “one set of facts among many hundreds being collected and assessed in the ongoing investigation.”“LAPD officers are put directly in harm’s way every day as they face complex situations, unthinkable dangers and split-second decisions while protecting the residents of Los Angeles,” Izen said. “No officer goes to work with the intent of using force, much less deadly force, but force may become necessary when there is an objectively reasonable certainty that there could be injury to themselves or someone else. As tragic as these situations are, law enforcement officers absolutely have the right to defend their life or the life of another.”
You can read the autopsy here, courtesy of Fox. The ME noted no conditions that indicated health problems (except for being Dead), and the tox report indicated no drugs except for a small amount of THC, but likely that will even become an issue for those who are already rewriting the truth to reflect their insane racism and support for extermination by police of those they don’t believe matter…or worse. The muzzle imprint over the shot that entered his back was a whopping one and a half inches in diameter. ‘Point blank’ plus.
The autopsy seems to have been completed on Aug. 14, 2014, but was held until Dec. 29 at the order of the LAPD. Ah, yes: so as not to ‘taint potential witness testimony’, according to the Chief of Police. If you read the story of the railroading of Ceebo the Rapper below, you will see what sick irony that excuse is.
From August 18:
— Michael J. Buell (@buell003) August 19, 2014
I don’t believe that I’ve ever called any article a ‘must read’, but I will say that if you’d like to read one of the heaviest indictments of the LAPD and related history, I’d recommend olaasm’s Anti Social Media’s ‘The LAPD: Not Your Model Police Department – But Definitely Theirs’.
Included are just to many links to name, including wide-ranging evil-doings of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton ‘Wanting to teach the world’s police’, the new-to-me ‘Giuliani group’ teaching Broken Windows policy in ‘our backyard’. The author parses the legislative history v. ‘public comments’ of Bill Clinton, and the ‘approved by the police state’ spokespeople’, references the carrots and sticks at play for journalists, politicians who claim to be sympathetic, and those reaping the rewards that playing ball with the LAPD.
From Anti Media also comes this egregious story of Ezell’s murder as a backdrop and (some say in the TwitterSphere, Ezell’s cousin) Ceebo the Rapper:
‘Police departments around the country have been retaliating against community activists who are doing work to hold police accountable for their actions. The message from police is clear: If you do anything to hold us accountable, we will ruin your life.
Two days after Mike Brown was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, Ezell Ford, was shot by two LAPD officers three times while lying on the ground. Eyewitness testimonies contradicted police reports saying Ford tackled one of the officers, and reached for his gun so Ford’s South Los Angeles community took to the streets to protest.
One of the most visible and vocal protesters was DaMonte Shipp, known publicly as Ceebo Tha Rapper. Ceebo, lead many community demonstrations where protesters confronted LAPD, shaming and taunting them. In one demonstration the protesters knelt with their hands on their heads with their backs turned to the police and started to taunt the police to shoot them so that they too could go on paid administrative leave like the officers that shot Ezell Ford.
After “Fuck Tha Police” was released LAPD went on “heightened alert,” claiming the song was a call for revenge. Ceebo said the song was meant to inspire unity against police violence. Tyler Izen, President of Los Angeles Police Protective League went on local media and assassinated Ceebo’s character, which he later apologized for on Twitter. Izen, lead the campaign to publicly tie Ceebo to a gang, even though Ceebo claims no gang affiliation. During this time Ceebo, continued to lead community demonstrations and released more songs calling for unity against corrupt police.’
Ceebo the Rapper led protests and fired up the community to the Nth degree; this is just one of his videos that caused the union to essentially declare him Enemy No. 1:
Well, that Uppity Negro was taken down, and will spend 17 years in prison for his defense of his brothers and sisters. Read about the evil way the LAPD engineered his conviction for phony charges of ‘theft of an X-box. Their stunningly improper procedures, such as a ‘field ID’ may leave you reeling.
Read to the end to see what happened to now imprisoned Kansan ‘Jay Vehige, like many former organizers in the Occupy Wall Street movement, found himself focusing on building a local movement for police accountability. Vehige, and other local activist started Emporia Cop Block’. You will likely rage, be sick to your stomach at all of it, as any human with a conscience and a sense of justice should be.
The patterns continue: police kill blacks or others for scant or no reason, file false reports, besmirch their victims’ characters in the media, ‘lose’ damning evidence, ‘discover’ sham evidence (as in: throw-down weapons), fail to turn on body or dash cams if available, then make sure to delay information that might ‘rile the rabble’. Failing to prosecute killer cops is a whole ‘nother subject, of course.
It’s hard to see what citizens can do to stop the killing, but stop it we must. Citizen protests and civil disobedience in Albuquerque, with the help of the DoJ, has seemingly slowed it down recently; time will tell how long it lasts.
‘No matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim…
there are some things we can never assign to oblivion.’