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.