A Black man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies wasn’t holding a gun after they opened hearth, attorneys for his household stated Tuesday, contradicting a declare that he had picked up a dropped weapon throughout a wrestle.
Crump additionally represents the households of George Floyd and Jacob Blake. Floyd was killed when a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck, and Blake was left paralyzed by a police taking pictures in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
These incidents prompted nationwide protests. Kizzee’s loss of life additionally sparked a sequence of principally peaceable demonstrations.
Kizzee was killed Aug. 31 in South Los Angeles after sheriff’s deputies tried to cease him for driving a bicycle within the unsuitable course. They stated they have been unaware he had a weapon wrapped in a chunk of clothes he was carrying on the time.
Two deputies informed investigators they fatally shot Kizzee after he picked up the handgun he had dropped throughout a wrestle with one among them, authorities stated final week. A video exhibits him stooping down. However a wall blocks a full view, and no weapon may be seen.
Los Angeles authorities investigating after county sheriff’s deputies shot, killed man
It doesn’t seem the deputies tried to de-escalate the state of affairs earlier than taking pictures Kizzee.
Kizzee was shot a number of instances within the chest and arms and as soon as within the again, authorities have stated. The complete post-mortem hasn’t been accomplished but.
Carl Douglas, one other civil rights lawyer who’s representing Kizzee’s household, stated witnesses stated the deputies fired three or 4 pictures at Kizzee, adopted by a pause after which a second volley whereas he was on the bottom.
An impartial post-mortem commissioned by kinfolk exhibits he was struck 15 instances, Douglas stated.
“We’ve got no remark concerning the non-public post-mortem outcomes,” Sheriff’s Murder Bureau Capt. Kent Wegener stated in a press release.
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