ICYMI: Ezell Ford’s Mother, Mitrice Richardson’s Father, Fake Community Activists and more

Alrighty folks, as we bring this week to an end–I thought I’d call your attention to a few items you might have missed.

On Tuesday, Tritobia Ford, the mother of Ezell Ford and Michael Richardson, the father of Mitrice Richardson joined Nana Gyamfi on KPFK’s Uprising the Asafo Edition. Mrs. Ford updated listeners on what’s going on with District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Los Angeles Police Chief Beck while Mr. Richardson broke it all the way down regarding fake community activists parading around South L.A.

Thursday, reporter extraordinaire Sister Charlene Muhammad’s article in the Los Angeles Sentinel ran on how myself and Black Lives Matter Los Angeles (two different entities) refused the apology of Najee Ali.  After reading his quotes in the story, it’s not hard to tell why.  The Mayor and Police Chief are still denying he’s an employee but just this week I’m told by eyewitnesses, Najee showed up in Watts at that officer-involved-shooting claiming to work for the National Action Network, Mayor Garcetti AND the LAPD–as a chaplain of things. We’ll have more on that shortly. You can read the Sentinel article here.

Just because I’m curious to know…

And finally, I’d just like to give the side eye to all of the folks hollering about the next Prez picking Supreme Court Justice’s but who don’t want to serve on a jury.  #thatpart

The Court of Public Opinion

  • cutty sark

    When LAPD Chief Beck placed an administrative hold on public release of the Ezell Ford autopsy report, why didn’t he also wait before telling us the officer’s version of events?
    Because the officer’s version shows they shot Ezell Ford in a justifiable act of self-defense. Chief Beck wanted the public to know that.

  • cutty sark

    LAPD Chief Beck said he was concerned that if the autopsy was released it might cause some witness to alter their memory of events, so first he needed to get their recorded statement.
    Wasn’t Chief Beck also concerned that hearing the officer’s version of events might cause some witness to alter their memory before he was able to get their recorded statement?
    Firstly, there are factors which can influence a witness to alter their memory very soon following the actual event. But after that, the witness memory is going to become solidified.
    Autopsy reports, news reports in the days and weeks following the event will have little or no effect to alter the witness memory.
    Secondly, Chief Beck wants everybody to hear the officer’s version of events because it shows they shot Ezell Ford as a justifiable act of self-defense.
    Beck would like everybody to hear that version as many times as it takes to commit to memory.

  • cutty sark

    Mayor Garcetti is known for his non-confrontational leadership style. Garcetti and LAPD Chief Beck appear to have a very cooperative and supportive working relationship.
    It was atypical to hear Garcetti publicly announce a deadline for Chief Beck to remove the hold on release of the Ezell Ford autopsy.
    Instead, why couldn’t Mayor Garcetti have said:

    “Chief Beck and I sat down and discussed the issues surrounding the hold on the Ezell Ford autopsy report and we have come to agreement that it will be released to the public on December 29, 2014”

    The Mayor could have stated it like that and it would have helped quiet everything down. But it would not have had the same result on the news reporting as Garcetti handing Beck a directive and issueing a deadline.
    That result was:

    1. alter the focus of news reporting to “will Beck meet the deadline”
    instead of “what is contained in the autopsy report”
    2. offered the local news media a new story to cover involving Garcetti’s deadline and conflict and confrontation between the Mayor and the Chief.
    Whenever this story appears the reporting also contains a repetition of the officer’s version of events in which they shot Ezell Ford in a justifiable act of self-defense.

    This is exactly how Chief Beck wanted it.