Petition Launched to Pressure D.A. to Prosecute Police Shootings

September 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The families of Los Angeles residents fatally shot by law enforcement officers joined Black Lives Matter organizers Monday outside the downtown Hall of Justice to demand that District Attorney Jackie Lacey prosecute some of those officers.

Black Lives Matter organizers have posted a petition at www.bity.ly/BLMLA and on the group’s Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites and said they hope to garner 10,000 signatures in the next 30 days.

“Jackie Lacey has not filed charges against a single police officer,” said BLMLA spokeswoman Melina Abdullah, explaining that the group turned out Monday to “convince her to do her job.”

More than 200 deaths have occurred at the hands of law enforcement since Lacey took office in 2012, according to BLMLA, with one organizer putting the number at 268.

Some officers were judged to have acted “out of policy” by their departments and were subject to administration action. In other cases — like the fatal shootings of James Joseph Byrd and Norma Guzman in unrelated incidents in 2015 — the police commission found that officers violated rules about deadly force, though Beck and union officials disagreed.

And shortly after the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Brendon Glenn in Venice in 2015, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said he hadn’t seen circumstances to justify the use of deadly force.

No criminal charges have been filed in any of those cases.

Lacey’s Justice System Integrity Division filed a formal report finding that the officers who shot Guzman acted in lawful self-defense and defense of others. No reports have yet been published on Byrd or Glenn.

BLM organizers say they have a clear-cut case of criminal misconduct in the shootings of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin. The five officers involved are no longer with the force, though when the Inglewood Police Department made that announcement in May, it declined to say whether they had resigned or been fired.

Either way, family members see it as evidence of guilt and want the district attorney to prosecute the men.

“We are demanding that District Attorney Jackie Lacey bring charges against police when they kill our people, beginning with the filing of charges against former Inglewood police officers Michael Jaen, Richard Parcella, Jason Cantrell, Sean Reidy and Andrew Cohen who killed Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin while sleeping in their car in February 2016, leaving seven children without their parents,” the petition reads.

“We are demanding that in each (police shooting) case, the District Attorney vigorously pursue charges against murderous and abusive officers rather than deferring to police units rife with scandal and corruption to hold themselves accountable.”

The Inglewood Police Department said that Michael and Sandlin appeared to be unconscious in a car at Manchester Boulevard and Inglewood Avenue when officers approached and that Michael had a gun in her lap. Both had a blood- alcohol content in excess of the legal limit for driving, according to police.

Officers fired into the car, but the department has not released the details of its investigation and exactly what led to the use of deadly force.

BLMLA advocate Justin Marks said it was time for the IPD to pay for body cameras for its officers

“The Inglewood Police Department is in serious need of some accountability,” Marks said, adding that a city where a $2.6 billion stadium is being built can afford the expense.

“Inglewood does not have a budget crisis, it has a priority crisis,” Marks said.

Abdullah said the group was seeking justice for those “who are not ,wealthy, who are not white.”

The small crowd outside the Hall of Justice was made up of black, white and Latino faces, including the father of Jesse Romero Jr., a 14-year-old boy shot in Boyle Heights last year.

Romero Sr. stood before a microphone and told reporters, “I want justice for my son,” before he was overcome by grief and had to walk away, sobbing.

An organizer with neighborhood organization Centro CSO took his place, offering a “thank you to Black Lives Matter for standing in solidarity with the Latino families in Boyle Heights.”

A series of family members wearing buttons or carrying photos of their loved ones shared their stories and as the media packed up their cameras and notepads, took handfuls of flyers urging residents to sign the petition.

Public pressure on officials by BLMLA, White People for Black Lives, faith leaders and residents was what led to the dismissal of the Inglewood officers, Abdullah said.

“We recognize that the system that we live with is flawed,” she added. Her goal is “push it as far as we possibly can to get some semblance of justice.”

A response from Lacey’s office was not immediately available, but she has said in the past that she would not bow to public or media pressure and has followed the evidence and the law in each of the police shootings she has reviewed.

Familias y BLM Exigen Justicia para Sus Seres Queridos

September 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Las familias de los residentes de Los Ángeles que murieron a manos de agentes de la ley se unieron a los organizadores de Black Lives Matter (BLM) el lunes fuera del centro de la sala de justicia para exigir que el fiscal del distrito Jackie Lacey procesa a algunos de esos oficiales.

Los organizadores de BLM han publicado una petición en www.bity.ly/BLMLA y en Facebook, Twitter y otros sitios de medios sociales del grupo y dijeron que esperan obtener 10.000 firmas en los próximos 30 días.

“Jackie Lacey no ha presentado cargos contra un solo oficial de policía”, dijo Melina Abdullah, portavoz de BLM-Los Ángeles (BLMLA), explicando que el grupo salió el lunes para “convencerla de que haga su trabajo”.

Más de 200 muertes han ocurrido en manos de la policía desde que Lacey asumió el poder en el 2012, según BLMLA, con un organizador poniendo el numero en 268.

Algunos funcionarios fueron juzgados por haber actuado “fuera de la política” por sus departamentos y fueron sujetos a la acción de la administración. En otros casos – como los disparos mortales de James Joseph Byrd y Norma Guzmán en incidentes no relacionados en 2015 – la comisión policial encontró que los oficiales violaban las reglas sobre la fuerza mortal, aunque Beck y los dirigentes sindicales estaban en desacuerdo.

Y poco después del tiroteo mortal de Brendon Glenn, de 29 años de edad, en Venice en el 2015, el jefe del Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles (LAPD), Charlie Beck, dijo que no había visto circunstancias que justificaran el uso de una fuerza letal. No se han presentado cargos penales en ninguno de esos casos.

La División de Integridad del Sistema de Justicia de Lacey presentó un informe formal que concluía que los oficiales que dispararon contra Guzmán actuaron en legítima defensa y en la defensa de otros.

Los organizadores de BLM dicen que tienen un caso claro de mala conducta criminal en los tiroteos de Kisha Michael y Marquintan Sandlin. Los cinco agentes involucrados ya no están con la fuerza, aunque cuando el Departamento de Policía de Inglewood (IPD) hizo ese anuncio en mayo, se negó a decir si habían renunciado o habían sido despedidos.

De cualquier manera, los miembros de la familia lo ven como evidencia de culpabilidad y quieren que el fiscal de distrito procese a los hombres.

“Estamos exigiendo que la Fiscal de Distrito Jackie Lacey traiga cargos contra la policía cuando maten a nuestra gente, comenzando con la presentación de cargos contra los ex policías de Inglewood Michael Jaen, Richard Parcella, Jason Cantrell, Sean Reidy y Andrew Cohen que mataron a Kisha Michael y Marquintan Sandlin mientras dormían en su automóvil en febrero del 2016, dejando siete hijos sin padres”, dice la petición.

“Estamos exigiendo que en cada caso (de tiroteos policiales), el Fiscal del Distrito enérgicamente persiga cargos contra oficiales asesinos y abusivos en lugar de aplazar a las unidades de la policía llenas de escándalo y corrupción para hacerse responsables”.

El IPD dijo que Michael y Sandlin parecían estar inconscientes en un automóvil en el boulevard de Manchester y la avenida de Inglewood cuando los agentes se acercaron y que Michael tenía una pistola en su regazo. Ambos tenían un contenido de alcohol en la sangre superior al límite legal para conducir, según la policía.

Los agentes dispararon contra el coche, pero el departamento no ha revelado los detalles de su investigación y exactamente lo que los llevó al uso de la fuerza mortal.

El defensor de BLMLA, Justin Marks, dijo que era hora de que el IPD pagara por las cámaras corporales para sus oficiales.

“El Departamento de Policía de Inglewood esta en grave necesidad de rendir las cuentas”, dijo Marks, quien añadió que una ciudad donde se construye un estadio de 2.600 millones de dólares puede apagar el gasto.

“Inglewood no tiene una crisis presupuestaria, tiene una crisis de prioridad”, dijo Marks.

Abdullah dijo que el grupo estaba buscando justicia para aquellos “que no son ricos, que no son blancos”.

La pequeña multitud que estaba fuera del Salón de la Justicia estaba formada por caras morenas, blancas, latinas, incluyendo al padre de Jesse Romero Jr., un niño de 14 años quien fue disparado en Boyle Heights el año pasado.

Romero Sr. se colocó ante un micrófono y le dijo a los reporteros: “Quiero justicia para mi hijo”, antes de que estuviera sobrecogido por el dolor y tuviera que alejarse, sollozando.

Un organizador con la organización del vecindario Centro CSO tomó su lugar, ofreciendo un “gracias a Black Lives Matter por estar en solidaridad con las familias latinas en Boyle Heights”.

Una serie de miembros de la familia usando botones o cargando fotos de sus seres queridos compartieron sus historias y cuando los medios de comunicación empaquetaron sus cámaras y libretas, tomaron puñados de volantes instando a los residentes a firmar la petición.

Abdullah dijo que la presión pública sobre los funcionarios por BLMLA, Personas Blancas por Vidas Negras, líderes religiosos y residentes fue lo que llevó al despido de los oficiales de Inglewood.

“Reconocemos que el sistema con el que vivimos es defectuoso”, agregó.

Su objetivo es “empujarlo lo más lejos posible para conseguir algo de justicia”.

Lacey ha dicho en el pasado que no se inclinaría ante la presión del público o de los medios y ha seguido las pruebas y la ley en cada uno de los tiroteos policiales que ha revisado.

Cuando se le pidió un comentario el lunes, una portavoz de Lacey respondió por correo electrónico.

“El tiroteo del oficial de Inglewood está en revisión”.

Activistas Piden Fin Para Programa de Cadetes

July 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Un grupo de activistas pidió el martes que se ponga fin al programa de cadetes del Departamento de Policía de Los Ángeles (LAPD) tras la detención de un oficial que supuestamente tuvo relaciones sexuales con una cadete de 15 años acusada de estar involucrada en el robo de tres vehículos de escuadra.

Los activistas de Black Lives Matter, de la Red de Acción Comunitaria de Los Ángeles y de la Coalición Stop Spam del LAPD, también pidieron al alcalde Eric Garcetti que despidiera al jefe del LAPD Charlie Back y para una investigación del programa de cadetes que se llevará a cabo independientemente del LAPD o de la Comisión de Policía de L.A.

La detención del oficial Robert Cain por el presunto abuso del cadete es parte de un patrón de conducta abusiva de varias décadas por parte del departamento y sus oficiales, según los activistas.

“Seamos claros, esto no es un evento aislado. Es parte de una larga historia y el patrón de los oficiales del LAPD de mal uso de autoridad, el abuso de poder y el uso de fuerza excesiva para dominar, intimidar, manipular, asaltar, violar e incluso matar a los más vulnerables”, dijo Nia-Amina Minor de Black Lives Matter en una conferencia de prensa.

Un funcionario de la Sección de Relaciones con los Medios del LAPD dijo que el departamento y Beck no tenían respuesta directa a las demandas de los activistas.

El LAPD está revisando su programa de cadetes tras las detenciones de los siete cadetes por su supuesta participación en el robo de tres automóviles de escuadra, que culminaron en dos persecuciones de alta velocidad y accidentes del 14 de junio.

Beck ha dicho que la familiaridad de los cadetes con los procedimientos del departamento les permitió robar los coches sin que se descubrieran inmediatamente y uno de los automóviles pudo haber estado desaparecido durante varias semanas. El departamento cree que los cadetes representaron a los oficiales durante las paradas de tráfico por lo menos en varias ocasiones, según Beck.

El 22 de junio, el jefe personalmente arresto a Cain por supuestamente tener una relación sexual con uno de los siete cadetes acusados.

Beck ha seguido expresando a su apoyo al programa de cadetes desde las detenciones, sosteniendo que los sospechosos eran esencialmente algunas malas manzanas entre los 2.200 cadetes activos.

“A pesar de que estamos muy decepcionados e insatisfechos con lo que pasó…me doy cuenta del valor del programa y que es importante para muchos jóvenes en Los Ángeles para aumentar sus posibilidades de éxito en años posteriores, aunque no se convertirán en oficiales de policía y en realidad la mayoría no lo hacen, pero creo que se prepara para la vida como hacen tantos programas de calidad”, dijo Beck en junio.

Matt Johnson, presidente de la Comisión de Policía, también expresó su apoyo al programa en junio, calificando de “valioso” y diciendo que no quiere “tirar al bebe junto con el agua del baño”.

En su nueva conferencia, los activistas dieron a los periodistas una lista detallada de las acusaciones de violencia doméstica y abuso sexual contra los oficiales del LAPD que se remontan a la década de 1970, incluyendo algunas acusaciones y arrestos de oficiales por abusar los miembros del Programa Explorador del LAPD, que fue organizado por los Boy Scouts of América. El LAPD corto lazos con los Boy Scouts en 2009 por su discriminación contra las personas LGBT y lanzo su propio programa interno de cadetes.

Los activistas pidieron que el dinero gastado en el programa de cadetes sea canalizado de programas juveniles no dirigidos por el LAPD y también se hizo una excepción a los comentarios hechos por Beck sobre el arresto de Cain en junio, cuando dijo que la relación del oficial con el cadete fue “todo consensuada, en que no se usó fuerza, miedo o intimidación”, aunque también dijo que las acciones de Cain eran “despreciables”.

“Exigimos que Charlie Beck sea despedido. Su impulso de defender al oficial Robert Cain para minimizar su comportamiento nos dice exactamente en qué lado se encuentra. Exigimos el fin del programa de los cadetes. La comunidad necesita programas para la juventud, pero no los que son administrados por el LAPD y sus oficiales”, dijo Tiffany Guerra de la Coalición para Espiar al LAPD.

 

‘Black Lives Matter’ Petitions Demand LAPD Chief’s Ouster

August 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Black Lives Matter activists who have been camped outside Los Angeles City Hall since early last month delivered a petition with more than 8,000 signatures to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office Monday to demand that he fire police Chief Charlie Beck.

The activists were joined by the mother of a woman who died in a detention cell earlier this year, actor Matt McGorry and representatives of the Asian American, Latino and faith communities.

The delegation handed over two boxes of signatures, gathered through an online petition at Color of Change, to Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell, Garcetti’s adviser on public safety issues.

Gorell said he will pass the signatures on to Garcetti, who has been out of town for most of the 28 days that Black Lives Matter activists have staged a sit-in outside City Hall. The sit-in began after the Police Commission upheld the actions of officers involved in the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Redel Jones, a black woman.

Over the past several weeks, Garcetti has attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, taken a four-day vacation and is now observing the Olympics in Rio as part of a delegation seeking to host the 2024 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Before leaving on his trips, Garcetti expressed strong support for Beck. He said he offered to meet inside City Hall with a small delegation from Black Lives Matter, while suggesting that he does not want to be met with shouting. The activists have responded by calling for a public meeting with the entire group.

Black Lives Matter member Jasmine Abdullah Monday characterized Garcetti’s absence as part of a pattern that began when he appeared to “run away from us” at other protests and encounters with the group.

Abdullah warned there will be “political consequences” if Garcetti continues to ignore them.

“We are not sitting out here just to sit out here,” but are taking actions such as circulating the online petition and amassing more support from the community, she said.

“If you really care about this city like you say you do, and you want to win in this next election, you better come home,” Abdullah said, directly addressing Garcetti in what she jokingly described as a “love letter.”

She acknowledged that Garcetti has offered to meet with five of the Black Lives Matter members in his office, but she such an arrangement puts their group at a disadvantage.

“They are doing what they do best, which is divide and conquer, and try to pick their leaders,” she said. “We decided he needs to come downstairs.

“It’s all right, he can come downstairs, these are his stairs, and ours, he can come talk to everybody as a whole.”

After being pursued from public event to public event by Black Lives Matter members, and since being shouted down at a South Los Angeles town hall by the group’s members, Garcetti has had minimal engagement with Black Lives Matter members.

He has instead increased his interactions with other faith leaders, nonprofit organizations, activists and even hip hop artists like The Game and Snoop Dogg, often referring to these relationships as evidence black leaders are working with his office and the Los Angeles Police Department to improve policing and public safety.

Despite LAPD’s roll-out of community policing and other programs to enhance relations with black and minority communities, Black Lives Matter activists contend LAPD still has the highest number of police shootings of any department in the country. They also allege Beck has been too lenient on officers who have fatally shot residents, and is unresponsive to families regarding the deaths of people in police custody.

Lisa Hines, the mother of Wakiesha Wilson, a 36-year-old black woman who was found dead in her cell on Easter Sunday, spoke during the news conference Monday about her experience trying to find her daughter after she failed to show up for a court hearing.

Hines said the police department unnecessarily delayed telling her of her daughter’s death, and that she had to make several phone calls to the LAPD before she was given a phone number – without any further explanation – to the coroner’s office.

“If this was your child and you were looking for her, and somebody gave you a number to call … and when you do call the number, the coroner’s office answers, what would be going on in your body mind and soul?” she said.

Hines said she is “still devastated” and has so far not gotten any more information about how her daughter died, which she blames on Beck.

“He’s the leader of the police station, and all he can do at the Police Commission meetings is sit there with a blank stare on his face when I’m talking,” she said.

The Black Lives Matter activists’ demand for Beck to be fired was echoed by representatives of other groups who also expressed dissatisfaction with the chief.

McGorry, who stars in the Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” and the ABC drama “How to Get Away With Murder,” said he was there “in solidarity with White People 4 Black Lives,” a group of white people who support the Black Lives Matter movement.

McGorry, noting that Black Lives Matter activists “have been camped out here for nearly a month now and have been requesting a meeting,” said Garcetti’s absence comes off as “incredibly disrespectful.”

He added he was recently “disgusted” by an encounter with an officer who casually assured him that he shouldn’t “worry,” because “we beat him up,” apparently referring to a person involved in a police incident in his neighborhood.

“A police chief that has an environment that allows that to be OK, a police community where that can thrive … is not okay,” McGorry said.

Audrey Kuo, from API for Black Lives, said, “We are rising in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and we are demanding that Eric Garcetti fire Chief Beck.”

Activists Want LAPD Officer Charged

June 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Community activists Wednesday urged District Attorney Jackie Lacey to file criminal charges against an LAPD officer found by the Police Commission to have violated department policy in the fatal shooting of an unarmed, mentally ill black man.

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled on Tuesday that one officer violated department policy, but another was justified in firing his weapon at Ezell Ford.

In ruling that Officer Sharlton Wampler’s use of deadly force in the death of Ford last August violated Los Angeles Police Department policy, the commission rejected Chief Charlie Beck’s finding that Wampler had adhered to policy.

Beck will ultimately decide what discipline, if any, the officers will face. The District Attorney’s Office will review the shooting to determine if any criminal charges are warranted, Steve Soboroff said Tuesday.

“This is a tragedy for all involved — the family, relatives, loved ones and friends of Mr. Ford, as well as the involved police officers,” Soboroff said. “To the Ford family, my fellow Police Commissioners and I extend our sincere sympathies for your profound loss.”

Soboroff went on to say the LAPD has the most extensive review process in the nation for use-of-force incidents.

“Our review of this incident has been intense and intensive,” he said announcing the decision.

Activists and Ford’s family disagree.

Lacey “should file criminal charges against Wampler,” community activist Najee Ali said at a news conference outside the District Attorney’s Office in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning.

“We want justice,” Ali told reporters. “We want Wampler prosecuted — at the very least for assault under color of authority. The community cares about Ezell Ford being shot and killed by the LAPD.”

The commission ruled there was no reason to have detained Ford in the first place and that Wampler badly mishandled the encounter, leading to the fatal confrontation. It said its ruling was based on the “totality” of the circumstances, not just the moment when force was used.

Wampler’s partner, Antonio Villegas, was found to have been much less culpable, with the panel objecting to his initial decision to draw his weapon early in the confrontation but upholding his decision to fire at Ford to protect Wampler.

Autopsy results showed Ford was shot three times — in the right side of his back, the right arm and the right abdomen. The gunshot wounds to the back and the abdomen were both fatal, according to the report.

Ford was pronounced dead in an operating room at California Hospital Medical Center.

The autopsy report noted that the gunshot wound on Ford’s back had “muzzle imprint,” indicating the shot was fired at close range, and that Ford had some marijuana in his system.

Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said the union supports Beck’s findings that both officers involved in the shooting were justified and their actions were in policy.

“Chief Beck’s findings were based on facts presented and his over 40 years of law enforcement,” Lally said in a statement. “Every day, LAPD officers are put directly in harm’s way as they face complex situations, unthinkable dangers and split-second decisions all in an effort to protect the citizens of Los Angeles. On the other hand, we are extremely disappointed in the findings of the Police Commission.”

Lally contended the commission was swayed by protesters and external political influences, “resulting in a determination that was purely political and self-serving. We believe the commission’s decision was irresponsible and reckless and was solely made to avoid civil unrest.”

The five-member commission deliberated behind closed doors for several hours before announcing its decision. In a raucous public meeting beforehand, commissioners heard dozens of people urging that both officers be held accountable for Ford’s death.

“I’m begging you, please, please. My son would never grab for no gun,” Ford’s mother Tritobia said. “He wanted to live … He walked the streets. I didn’t want him to walk the streets around there because I know it was unsafe. That was his right. And he didn’t deserve to die for it…”

“Please, think about it. Ezell was mentally ill. He wasn’t a lunatic. He wasn’t suicidal, he wanted to live,” Ford’s mother said. “These officers did wrong. They did wrong.”

Ford, 25, was fatally shot on Aug. 11, 2014, near 65th Street and Broadway. Police said the officers approached Ford for acting suspiciously, and he lunged at one of them and began trying to grab Wampler’s weapon.

Beck and the department’s independent watchdog, Inspector General Alex Bustamante, each concluded in separate reports that the officers were justified in their actions, although Bustamante faulted the tactics used by one of the officers in approaching Ford in the first place.

The Police Commission, which has the final say on whether the officers acted properly, met behind closed doors for more than three hours reviewing the investigations and concluded that some of the officers’ actions were within department policy and some were not.

Beck will ultimately decide what discipline, if any, Wampler will face. The District Attorney’s Office will review the shooting to determine if any criminal charges are warranted.

Ford’s family filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death lawsuit last September against the LAPD, alleging Ford was shot in the back as he lay on the ground.

According to the lawsuit, Wampler and Villegas — who are named plaintiffs — engaged in an unlawful search and seizure of Ford, denied him due process, used excessive force and violated his civil rights.

“No officer goes to work with the intent of using deadly force,” Lally said. “Officers may be compelled to use force when there is an objectively reasonable certainty that there could be injury to themselves or someone else. In the case of Ezell Ford, the only reason one would attempt to take an officer’s weapon is to use it against the officer, his partner or an innocent bystander.”

Police Commission Goes Against Chief: Finds Some Fault in Ford Shooting

June 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One Los Angeles police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles violated department policy, but the other was justified in firing his weapon, the city Police Commission decided today.

Ford, 25, was fatally shot by police Aug. 11 near 65th Street and Broadway. Police said the officers approached Ford, who lunged at one of them and began grabbing for his weapon.

Police Chief Charlie Beck and the department’s independent watchdog, Inspector General Alex Bustamante, each concluded that the officers were justified in their actions, although Bustamante faulted the tactics used by one of the officers.

The Police Commission, which has the final say on whether the officers acted properly, met behind closed doors for more than three hours reviewing the investigations, and concluded that some of the officers’ actions were within department policy and some were not.

When it came to the actual shooting, the commission decided unanimously that one officer violated department policy, while the other did not, commission president Steve Soboroff said.

The commission did not specify which officer was found to have violated policy. The officers involved in the shooting were previously identified as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas.

Beck will now decide what discipline the one officer will face.

“This is a tragedy for all involved — the family, relatives, loved ones and friends of Mr. Ford, as well as the involved police officers,” Soboroff said. “To the Ford family, my fellow Police Commissioners and I extend our sincere sympathies for your profound loss.”

Soboroff went on to say the LAPD has the most extensive review process in the nation for use-of-force incidents.

“Our review of this incident has been intense and intensive,” he said.

But activists who have been clamoring for the officers to be punished for the shooting were still dissatisfied with the commission’s findings. Some people in the audience shouted profanities at the commission members as they walked out of the room at police headquarters, and at least one yelled,
“Murderer.”

Autopsy results showed Ford was shot three times — in the right side of his back, the right arm and the right abdomen. The gunshot wounds to the back and the abdomen were both fatal, according to the report.

Ford was pronounced dead in an operating room at California Hospital Medical Center.

The commission heard more than three hours of often heated and impassioned pleas from Ford’s mother, Tritobia, and community activists who said Ford was mentally ill and police officers “did wrong,” and justice has to be served.

Ford’s family is scheduled to hold a press conference at 8 p.m. tonight.

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