Ezell Ford, an unarmed, mentally ill African American man was killed by LAPD officers on August 11, 2014. The results of his autopsy have been released; it revealed he was shot three times. Ford was shot in his right side, right arm and with the muzzle imprint of the gun found around the wound in the back.
The release of the autopsy has placed a further strain between the community and those sworn to serve and protect it.
Question on everyone’s mind is what caused him to be stopped in the first place?
Protest supporter Alexus Shallowhorn said, “No matter what the circumstance is, they’re going to come up with a story to make it seem like it was justified when it’s not. As far as the autopsy goes, he was shot in the back. There is no defense against that. It is all going to turn out bad, regardless.”
“We need a lot of support and love in our community. I feel like there is a lot wrong with our judicial system. It is time for us to take a stand and stop sitting back and watching,” said Shallowhorn.
Many have been supporting since the movement came to the west coast after the death of Mike Brown. Adam Moore, a supporter of the movement, is one of them.
“I have been coming out here since the movement started on the west coast, after Mike Brown was murdered. What finally brought me out here was just uniting the community together, to be a part of it and support the community that is really being affected. I want to help where the help is needed. My role is to try to bring supplies, such as water and whatever I can to help,” said Moore.
On the discussion of the autopsy results, Moore said, “The autopsy being released surprised me. It was consistent with what LAPD officers originally said, but yet there is no criminal action being taken against the officers. Someone was shot in the back…murder? I don’t know how you shoot someone in the back and say it’s okay.”
The consensus of all the protestors is they are committed. They are ready for a long hard battle to promote change in a broken judicial system.