Ezell Ford: I Don’t Know But I’ve Been Told…The Names

We’re not against the police.  We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help to cover it up).

 

It’s been 16 days since 25-year-old Ezell Ford was shot and killed by two LAPD gang enforcement detail officers in South L.A.  Family members and witnesses say that Ford was unarmed and known to be mentally ill.

Despite pressure from the community, Chief Charlie Beck and the Los Angeles Police Department continue to refuse to name the officers involved citing safety concerns.  I get that, but it’s been over two weeks and the community deserves an answer to a very basic question.

I’ve been given the names of the officers allegedly involved. I hadn’t revealed that information up until now because I had hopes that the Department would do the right thing and tell the community in a timely manner.  I also didn’t want to create any additional victims in this situation by not giving the Department and the officer’s the opportunity to batten down the hatches.  You know, get their affairs and families in order.  An opportunity that Ezell Ford and his family was not afforded.

So tonight after a meeting of the Cease Fire Coalition at Bethel A.M.E. church, that was for the most part about the death of Ezell Ford and police relations in South L.A., I approached Captain Ed Prokop of Newton Division and privately told him that I had information on who the cops were that killed Ezell Ford and that tonight I was going to reveal the names of the officers allegedly involved.  I don’t think he believed me until I saw the expression on his face when I told him the names.

I proceeded to tell Captain Prokop that I was disappointed that he, along with Captain Phillip Tingirides and others from the Department were continuing their version of the shuck and jive as it related to the facts involving Ford’s death and who was involved.

So…according to a reliable source, the officers allegedly involved in the August 11, 2014 shooting death of Ezell Ford on 65th Street and Broadway Avenue in South Los Angeles are LAPD Newton Division gang enforcement detail officers Sharlton K. Wampler (Serial No. 36135) and Joseph Vigueras (Serial No. 31537).  They work directly under Newton Division Lieutenant Andrew Barboza and Captain Ed Prokop whose shenanigans we’ve discussed in previous articles.

There is a Go Fund Me website to help pay for the unexpected burial costs facing the Ford’s and here’s the link.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Linda’s Mike

    If all cops believed their identity would be known to the public we’d have a lot more well behaved and law abiding officers.
    If we even had good cops who would bust the bad ones and not cover up for them, we’d have a lot more well behaved and law abiding officers.

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  • CityEye

    Thanks for now putting the lives of the Officers, their wife and children and anyone related to them in harms way you moron. Typical irresponsible media reporting. Amazing you would do this knowing full well that a rap video that was blasted by the media last week says F***k The Police and put a green light to kill cops. How in the hell do you sleep at night? Oh that’s right you don’t.

  • Joshua Kaanaana

    How are their lives in danger? There is no credible threat to assume that the officers needed to keep their names a secret. Ezell and has family have no known ties to gangs, nor do any of their friends and family. Besides, this is a first amendment issue. If the police want to use their powers to kill civilians, this is just part of the consequences.

  • CityEye

    Linda’s pussy Mike obviously has issues with cops. This is the video I referred to
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Protest-Held-Against-Police-Killings-272228851.html

  • Frank__Grimes

    Reliable sources? You got one wrong – that’s some nice reporting there.

  • Chrisbam

    You have one wrong. Need to fix that. I’m guessing neither is white since Sharpton isn’t there

  • Air32582

    The Fords are in part the founding fathers of East Coast Crips idiot…but you wouldn’t know that now would you “Top Secret” . That Gang is responsible for killings left and right. Hit the web kid….even GANGLAND did a piece on them.

  • Citizen

    Moron… he’s an east coast crip gang member. He’s known as lil eazy…

  • Joshua Kaanaana

    “The Ford’s”? Really? Because I’ve been marching with their community (as well as Omar’s) from day 1 and there have been absolutely NO mentions of any gang relatives at all nor any gang members marching with us. Just because you’re playing this name affiliation game, doesn’t mean the rest us are stupid enough to fall for it. And dont even get me started on how racist you are.

  • Joshua Kaanaana

    Really? You’re bringing Sharpton into this? You always know who the racists are because they pull the ‘Sharpton and Jackson’ card.

  • frustrated

    Because they are using you and the media to start a racial war. This was not about race. It was one hard-core gangster trying to kill a cop

  • frustrated

    And if this is part of the consequence of being a cop… Isn’t it the same for being a gangsters?… Cops are out to protect you..a gangster is out for the gang….. And in the middle of the night when a cop almost died…. Where were you?

  • frustrated

    And have you seen the Ford family arrest records

  • Citizen

    Look of the case People v Cedric Johnson or People v Daniel Colvin. Ezell Ford is listed on that case as being an east coast crip.

  • Citizen

    A snippet from the court records:

    “On January 27, 2008, members of the East Coast Crips gang and the Grape Street Crips gang were at a flyer party at a rented hall on East Florence Avenue. At about one oclock in the morning, several Grape Street gang members ended up being shot, two of whom, Brandon BL Bullard and Bruce Tanky Adams, were killed. According to an investigating police officer, it was a given that there would be retaliation for Bullards killing in light of his status in the Grape Street Crips gang, and, shortly before noon, a member of the East Coast Crips gang, Ezell Easy Ford, was shot near 66th Street and Broadway. Now it was back to the East Coast gangs turn.”

  • Joshua Kaanaana

    Your comments have been nothing but hearsay. You want us to believe that this Ezell Ford is the same Ezell Ford that you are naming in some incited case, get us a reputable news agency to make the connection. Bring is more than some crazy race war conspiracy theory. The family deserves justice. Not your whacked out crack episodes on the internet.

  • Citizen

    I can probably bring you his criminal arrest record, records of his gang affiliation, pictures of him throwing up crip signs, and your head would still be so far up your own ass, you’d say that I doctored the documents and photoshopped the picture. You’re in denial.

  • Joe kool

    It’s a shame, the community activist all protested strongly against the officer in Newton Division, the very same people you are calling with gang spree running wild in South Central Los Angeles. You can call it South LA, doesnt change the black on black violence. And of course witnesses…. where are they…no where to be found.. WHY… Because it gang crimes…. you can’t snitch on them…. Where is that B.tch Maxine Waters…. The truth comes out about young Mr. Bell and you people go into denial….. thank god I moved out of LA.

  • Joshua Kaanaana

    I’m done with this conversation. You are an instigator, a racist, a conspiracy theorist, and most of all, you worship the police even after they murdered an innocent man. Done with your aggression and your hate.

  • Citizen

    I’m racist because I’m claiming that he’s a gang member?!?! WTF are you smoking?!?! And how do you know he’s an innocent man? Were you there when the police shot him? Just because my claims refute your reality of who Ezell was, you refuse to hear it.

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  • moore2317

    I WOULD THINK THE ONES THAT ARE KILLING FOLKS WITHOUT GOOD CAUSE SHOULD BE THE ONES WHO CAN NOT SLEEP AT NIGHT. WOW!!! THIS IS THE SECOND KILLING WHERE NEWTON HAS BEEN NAMED. WHAT HAPPENED TO WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY PEOPLE?

  • moore2317

    NAME CALLING REALLY ISN’T NECESSARY. EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO THEIR OWN OPINION WITHOUT BEING CALLED NAMES. APPARENTLY YOU WORK FOR THE POLICE TO KNOW WHETER OR NOT HE’S AN ECC!

  • moore2317

    THIS IS REALLY INTERESTING! I AM GOING TO HAVE TO CHECK THIS OUT MYSELF. IT’S ALWAYS BEST TO HAVE THE TRUE FACTS AND NOT JUST SOMEONE TELLING YOU ABOUT IT.

  • moore2317

    “YOU PEOPLE”

  • moore2317

    YOU THINK!!!???

  • moore2317

    WOW!!! YOU CAN REALLY TELL WHO’S WHO BY THE WAY THEY WRITE. YOU CAN WEIGH THE PRO’S AND THE CON’S, NONETHELESS, EVERYONE HAVE A RIGHT TO THEIR OWN OPINION WITHOUT THE NAME CALLING!!!

  • Citizen

    It’s called research buddy, try it some time.

  • Citizen

    What happened to being good members of society and not breaking the law? Where’s the personal accountability?

  • moore2317

    I RESEARCH ALL THE TIME. I KNOW HE WAS SUPPOSELY SHOT ON 1/27/08 BY A GRAPE STREET GM IN THE LOCATION OF 66TH ST & BROADWAY AVE., AND THAT HE WAS LISTED AS EZELL “EASY” FORD AN ECC GM, BUT IT DIDN’T SAY HE WAS A SELF-ADMITTED GM. I KNOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE V. DANIEL COLVIN AND CEDRIC JOHNSON. I KNOW MORE THEN YOU MAY THINK I DO BECAUSE I DO RESEARCH BEFORE I TAKE SOMEONE ELSE WORD ON THING.

  • moore2317

    BASED ON MY UNDERSTANDING EZELL FORD IS ALSO KNOWN AS “EASY” AND WAS SHOT ON 1/27/2008 AT 66TH ST & BROADWAY AVE., BY GRAPE STREET GANG MEMBERS AND THEY HAD HIM LISTED AS EZELL “EASY” FORD AN EAST COAST CRIP (ECC) GANG MEMBER. NOW AS FAR AS THE FORD’S BEING FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE ECC, IT IS LISTED THAT RAYMOND LEE WASHINGTON WAS THE FOUNDER. IT IS WRITTEN THAT YOU CAN LOOK IT UP.

  • Citizen

    First off, fix your caps lock. Second, if it talks like a duck, walks like a duck, it’s a duck. The duck doesn’t have to tell you it’s a duck.

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