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 cover it up).
As we prepare for the release of Ezell Ford’s autopsy I thought I’d bring us all up to speed on what’s happened since that fateful day in August.
August 11, 2014 – On August 11, two days after Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, patrol officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Newton Division had “conducted an investigative stop” in the 200 block of 65th Street, and “during the stop a struggle ensued” and police opened fire killing 25-year-old Ezell Ford Jr.
The police say that Ford allegedly “turned, grabbed one of the officers.” After that, “they fell to the ground,” and Ford allegedly attempted to pull an officer’s handgun from its holster. The “partner officer then fired his handgun and the officer on the ground fired his backup weapon” at Ford.
Ford was transported to a hospital where he underwent surgery and he later succumbed to his injuries.
August 12, 2014 – KTLA Channel 5 first reports that Ford’s mother Tritobia Ford said her son was lying on the ground and complying with the officers’ commands when he was shot three times.
In the aftermath of the shooting, she said, police refused to inform her of where Ezell Ford was hospitalized.
August 17, 2014 – The first in a series of protests is held against the LAPD regarding the death of Ezell Ford.
August 18, 2014 – The LAPD officially delays releasing the autopsy report on Ezell Ford.
August 19, 2014 – LAPD holds community forum on Ezell Ford killing in South Los Angeles at Paradise Baptist Church. Those attending include LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, Inspector General Alex Bustamente, James Garrison, head deputy district attorney of the Justice System Integrity Division, LAPD Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger and Councilmember Curren D. Price.
August 21, 2014 – Ezell Ford’s Cousin Ceebo tha Rapper released a music video to his song ‘F the Police’ about the death of Ford and the LAPD, and the Los Angeles Police Protective League accuses him of trying to get police officers killed.
August 30, 2014 – Ezell Ford’s funeral is held at First A.M.E. Church.
September 17, 2014 – The family of Ezell Ford files a $75 million claim against the city and a federal civil rights lawsuit.
October 23, 2014 – City says LAPD officers acted in self-defense and Ezell Ford “knew and understood the degree of risk, and voluntarily assumed such risk,” according to documents the city filed in response to a lawsuit by the family. “The forced used…was caused and necessitated by the actions of the decedent, and was reasonable and necessary for self-defense.”
November 13, 2014 – Mayor Eric Garcetti, standing with DA Jackie Lacey, Chief Charlie Beck, and Councilmember Curren Price, orders that the autopsy of Ezell Ford be released before year’s end.
November 24, 2014 – Officer Darren Wilson is not indicted by a grand jury for killing Mike Brown and the first of several large scale protests take place in Los Angeles denouncing police brutality and the killing of unarmed Black and brown people.
November 25, 2014 – Protests continue in Los Angeles as well as arrests of protesters.
November 26, 2014 – LAPD arrests approximately 144 protesters and bystanders in Downtown Los Angeles in its largest sweep of protesters since the protests broke out.
November 28, 2014 – A massive protest in Westlake nets dozens of arrests by the LAPD of protesters.
December 8, 2014 – Mayor Eric Garcetti tells a local radio station that Angelenos won’t have to wait until December 31 for the autopsy results and that he expects it to be released by December 22.
December 14, 2014 – Ezell Ford’s family attends services at First A.M.E. church.
December 21, 2014 – The autopsy results are again delayed by the LAPD out of concern after the New York killing of two police officers. It was scheduled to be released at 3 p.m. on Monday, December 21 prior to the shooting in New York.
December 24, 2014 – I predict the autopsy results would be released on Monday, December 29 during Kwanzaa.
December 28, 2014 – The LAPD confirms that yes, the results will be released on Monday, December 29 on the fourth day of Kwanzaa.
*Note there have been continuous protests almost daily in Los Angeles evoking Ezell Ford’s name and decrying police brutality, violence, and killings. The LAPD and Los Angeles hold the nation’s record in the most arrest of protesters with over 400 arrests made.