Mother Claims LA Police Shot Son in the Back

Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 01:32 PM

By Drew MacKenzie

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Police are investigating the shooting death of a Los Angeles man after family members  claimed he was shot multiple times in the back by LAPD officers while lying on the ground.

The allegations come amid outrage surrounding the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer in a St. Louis, Missouri, suburb.

Story continues below video.



In the L.A. case, Tritobia Ford has claimed that her 25-year-old son, Ezell, was following police orders when he was shot while lying on the ground, according to KTLA.

Police issued a statement saying that during "an investigative stop" in the Florence neighborhood "a struggle ensued" and police opened fire.

"My heart is so heavy," Tritobia Ford told KTLA. "My son was a good kid. He didn't deserve to die the way he did. All we want to know is why they did it."

A man, who identified himself only as a cousin of the victim, told the station that Ezell was mentally challenged.

"They laid him out and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area . . . knows that this child has mental problems," he said.

"The excessive force. There was no purpose for it. The multiple shootings in the back while he's laying down? No. Then when the mom comes, they don't try to console her. They pull the billy clubs out."

The LAPD's Force Investigation Division is handling the inquiry to ascertain whether the shooting fell within guidelines mandating that the use of force to be "objectively reasonable," The Los Angeles Times reported.

In the wake of the St. Louis incident, Attorney General Eric Holder said there should be full investigation into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown that followed an alleged struggle with an unidentified officer.

The shooting in Ferguson led to street rioting, looting, and stores being set on fire, resulting in the arrest of three dozen people. The Justice Department dispatched its Community Relations Service to the area to help calm the racial tension.

Related Stories:



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Duncan's Nurses: We Held His Hand When Nobody Else Would

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 23:08 PM

The last people to hold Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan's hands to comfort him as he was dying at Dallas' Texas Presbyt . . .

Living Large: The Scandal of Bishops' Residences

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 20:31 PM

Camden, N.J., is one of the poorest cities in the U.S. So it was a shock earlier this year when reports surfaced that Bi . . .

Judge Rules Oklahoma Abortion Law Can Take Effect

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 20:09 PM

A new Oklahoma law that requires clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a nearby hospital present when . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved