Ezell Ford: The Timeline

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, 2014The 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 27, 2014 – I leaked the names of the officer’s involved in the Ford and Omar Abrego killings forcing the LAPD to officially release the names of the police involved.

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, 2014City 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, 2014Mayor 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, 2014Officer 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, 2014Mayor 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.

The Court of Public Opinion

  • Duck_Season

    What year will Monday, December 30 fall in?

  • SurfPuppy619

    Shot in the back, sounds like an LAPD cover up to me. I don’t buy a word of the official LAPD version.

  • Duke Waingro

    Jasmyne are you sad because this whole thing fizzled despite your attempts to whip something up?

  • cutty sark

    The timeline found in the coroner’s autopsy report on Ezell Ford is an issue of some curiousity to the inexperienced observer.
    Perhaps someone who is familiar with normal policy and normal practice can offer an educated opinion as to whether the autopsy timeline is normal, abnormal or somewhere in-between.
    August 11, 2014 8:10p.m. – LAPD Officers attempt to detain Ezell Ford. Mr. Ford is shot and wounded. Paramedics respond to scene of shooting and transport E. Ford to California Medical Center.
    August 11, 2014 10:10p.m. – time of death of E. Ford recorded by M.D. at CalMedCent
    August 12, 2014 3:15p.m. – CalMedCent reports E.Ford case to L.A. County Coroner
    August 13, 2014 3:02p.m. – body of E. Ford is transported from CalMedCent to L.A. County Coroner forensic facility

    According to this timeline found in the autopsy report, that subsequent to his death Ezell Ford remained in the care of California Medical Center hospital for an additional 41 hours.

  • cutty sark

    Ezell Ford’s extended stay at California Medical Center may be par for the course in similar cases – i’m not qualified to draw any conclusion from it.

    One doesn’t need to be an M.D. in order to make the following deduction from the coroner’s post-mortem examination of Ezell Ford — a significant piece of evidence did not make the trip to the coroner’s facility. It remained at California Medical Center.

    The coroner recovered the bullet or bullet fragments from 2 out of 3 bullets which entered the body; specifically, one shot which entered the arm near the elbow and one shot which entered the front abdominal area and came to rest along a vertabrae.

    That leaves one bullet still unaccounted for. That bullet was fired at very close range and entered through the back of E. Ford. The autopsy found no exit wound and it did not turn up on the x-rays taken by the coroner. Which can only mean that this bullet was removed before the body was transferred to the coroner.

    We can expect to find out the bullet was recovered in the operating room while doctors worked to save E. Ford’s life. The bullet would have been saved as evidence and submitted to police investigators. All according to rules of proper handling of evidence – logged, sealed and signed.

    Any deviation, exception or alteration would be considered problematic. In the acutely controversial case of the death of Ezell Ford – it would be considered highly suspicious.

  • cutty sark

    After reading over the E. Ford autopsy report another time, please accept a correction of my previous comment regarding recovery of the bullet evidence. 2 out of the 3 bullets which struck E. Ford were collected from the body during the coroner’s autopsy and submitted into evidence.
    According to information found in the autopsy, the remaining bullet did have an entry point and exit point – therefore, the bullet would not have been collected in the operating room during emergency surgery to save E. Ford’s life.
    The bullet in question, according to the official police version of events, was fired from the police officer’s back-up gun into Ford’s back at very close range and would have been collected at the shooting site.
    So, if you want to pare down the evidence in this case to a crucial pivot point – this bullet is the point.
    Charlie Beck says his officer was forced to defend himself from E. Ford by using his back-up piece to shoot into Ford’s back. The back-up gun is assumed to be more compact than the regulation issue gun and uses ammunition of smaller caliber.
    That bullet is crucial evidence to either confirm the back-up gun was used or to rule out the use of the back-up gun.
    The hospital never saw that bullet and the coroner never saw it.
    Charlie Beck has the story of that bullet. You just need to him to ask him about.
    He can either tell you that it was never found at the scene of the shooting(i.e. disappeared into thin air)
    or he can tell you where it was found at the shooting site and where its been hanging out and who has come to visit with it during the past several months.
    Whether or not to believe Chief Beck is your own personal decision.

  • William

    JC. Why don’t you report on the daily violence in south Los Angeles. Three people shot on New Year’s Eve , one killed. Guess what. They were not shot by LAPD. Also why don’t you report on the two South LA police officers that were patrolling in their car and were shot at. Guess that news doesn’t promote or help your agenda.

  • cutty sark

    9/23/2014 -a significant date to place in the timeline. This is date when Ezell Ford autopsy was finaled. That represents 5+ weeks from autopsy exam date for internal lobbying, pressure, cajoling placed on Poukens for Beck to get the autopsy report the way he wanted it.

  • William

    The Coroner is independent. If you read who was in attendance you will note that there were three pathologists at the autopsy. A security hold was placed on the report due to the lack of witnesses that to this day have chosen not to come forward. If you review the events in a Ferguson the record will show witnesses tailored their recollection of events and testimony to the autopsy report. Additionally, witness statements were also refuted by the autopsy report. Najee’s perfect sense to place a security hold on it.

  • William

    “Sense” not Najee’s. Spellcheck correction error