Dozens of community members and activists marched in South Los Angeles on Thursday night demanding answers and justice for the unarmed mentally ill man fatally shot by LAPD officers Monday in the Florence area.
The crowd marched from South Broadway and West 65th Street to the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th police station at 7600 S. Broadway.
Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old African American man, was shot and killed by two LAPD officers. Officials say he had tackled one of them and attempted to go for the officer’s gun.
Some witnesses, however, say they did not see any struggle between the men and accuse the officers of shooting Ford in cold blood.
The crowd chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Hands up, don’t shoot,” the same phrase used by protesters in Ferguson, Mo., where 18-year-old Michael Brown was recently shot and killed by police. He was also unarmed.
Gina Lopez, 21, who lives in the area, said she was happy to see the community come together for an important cause.
“We’re all going to come together as a community and stand against this and speak out,” Lopez said. “They--- police and the government -- need to see this so that they do the right thing for the community.”
Family members of Ford attended the march. The sidewalk where he was killed was filled with candles and notes.
The march was peaceful with limited police presence.
Michael Waddels, 57, said he was happy to see that the march was peaceful in comparison to Missouri.
“I’m glad to see the community is concerned about this,” he said.
Staff writers Ruben Vives and Angel Jennings contributed to this report.
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