Another Unarmed Black Man Killed By Police (VIDEO)

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Image Credit: KTLA.com

Multiple witnesses say that police shot and killed a 25 year old black man, Ezell Ford, while he was lying on the ground, face down. The shooting took place in the city of Los Angeles, where police have repeatedly been accused of using excessive force and have been sued multiple times for killing unarmed citizens.

Friends and family say that Ford was mentally disabled. He was just two blocks from his home when he was killed.

Ford’s mother told KTLA in South Los Angeles that when she arrived on the scene and began asking what had happened to her son, police responded by shoving her to the ground.

Police tell a different story about the events that led up to the killing of Ezell Ford. While the official story is that there was a struggle between Ford and an officer, the evidence shows that Ford was shot in the back.

Ford’s death is the third shooting to make national headlines in the past two weeks.

While the city of Ferguson, Missouri is in the midst of massive protests following the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown, the family of 22 year old John Crawford has appealed to civil rights organizations to help them seek justice, after Crawford was gunned down by police while shopping for an air rifle, in an Ohio Walmart.

In 2012, Operation Ghetto Storm released its annual report showing the number of African American citizens summarily executed by “police, security guards and vigilantes”. The study found that a black person is killed by police, security workers or a “vigilante” gun nut, every 28 hours in the United States. The study also found that a significant number of those killed suffered from a diagnosed mental health issue or disability.

The city of Los Angeles has a long history of police brutality and use of excessive force, from the beating death of Rodney King to the recent shooting death of young Ezell Ford.

The LAPD is one of the most expensive police forces in the country, not because of man power or officer pay, but because of the number of lawsuits the city has settled over the cops use of excessive force. Alternet reports that Los Angeles ranks 4th in the country in payouts to victims and families of victims for excessive force and police brutality.

According to the Los Angles Time homicide report, there have been a total of 13,529 civilians killed by police officers in the US, since the year 2000. Four percent of those deaths have occurred in the Los Angeles area.

Watch this video report on the shooting death of Ezell Ford, from KTLA.
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Friends and family plan to protest Ford’s shooting outside LAPD headquarters on Saturday.