Demonstrators march in New York in December protesting about the number of young black men who have been shot by police. An autopsy released yesterday showed Ezell Ford had been shot a close range by Los Angeles police.
Demonstrators march in New York in December
protesting about the number of young black men who have been shot by
police. An autopsy released yesterday showed Ezell Ford had been shot a
close range by Los Angeles police.

The autopsy report for an unarmed black man who was killed by Los
Angeles police officers shows he was shot in the back at close range.
According
to a copy of the highly anticipated report, posted online on Monday by
The Los Angeles Times, Ezell Ford had been shot three times – once in
the back, once in the arm and once in the abdomen.
The wound to
the back left a muzzle imprint on Ford’s skin, suggesting he was shot at
close range. Ford’s death was among a string of cases this year in
which black men have been killed by police officers under contentious
circumstances.
Ford, who was 25 and apparently suffered from
mental illness, was killed on August 11 by two patrol officers in
southern Los Angeles. He was alone, unarmed, and walking on the
footpath.
The Los Angeles Police Department said Ford fought with the police officers and was trying to grab one of their guns.

Ford’s family and witnesses cited by local media deny that Ford had been aggressive.
The
autopsy report does not provide a narrative of the shooting. Ford’s
autopsy was published after residents complained of a lack of
transparency in police investigations and Mayor Eric Garcetti promised
to publish it by the end of the year.
Demonstrators have taken to
the streets across the US to protest what they say is disproportionate
police violence against black people, including the July choking death
of Eric Garner in New York and the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in
Ferguson, Missouri, in August.
Grand juries probing both those cases declined to charge the officers involved.