Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old man, was fatally shot by LAPD officers in South Central Los Angeles on Monday night.
According to a press release by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers “conducted an investigative stop” and “during the stop a struggle ensued” and police opened fire.
Ezell was taken to a local hospital, underwent surgery, but died from his injuries. No officers were injured.
“My heart is so heavy,” Ezell's mother Tritobia Ford told KTLA. “My son was a good kid. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did.”
According to Tritobia, her son was lying on the ground, obeyed the commands of the LAPD, but was shot three times.
Tritobia claims police officers refused to tell her where Ezell was hospitalized.
“They laid him out and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that, that this child has mental problems,” added a witness to the shooting.
“The excessive force... there was no purpose for it. The multiple shootings in the back while he’s laying down? No. Then when the mom comes, they don’t try to console her… they pull the billy clubs out.”
Friends and family members are organizing a protest rally via Facebook for 3 p.m. Sunday at LAPD headquarters, notes The Los Angeles Times.
Neither Ezell's family or the police have said whether or not the young man was armed, but USA Today reported Ezell did not have a weapon.
LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck, Inspector General Alex Bustamante and the Board of Police Commissioners are investigating the shooting, as is the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
Sources: The Los Angeles Times, KTLA, USA Today (Image Credit: Cliff)