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Anger over LA police death ruling

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 01:40

Anger as Los Angeles police commissioners issue a mixed ruling in the shooting of an unarmed black man by two officers. Paul Chapman reports.

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The Los Angeles police commissioners' mixed ruling over the shooting of an unarmed black man last August is greeted with anger. They've largely approved the actions of one officer but found another violated policy when Ezell Ford was killed. (SOUNDBITE)(English) STEVE SOBOROFF, PRESIDENT OF LOS ANGELES BOARD OF POLICE COMMISSIONERS, SAYING: "Regarding the use of force or firing of the weapon, the police commission unanimously found that the use of force by one police officer two was administrative disapproval, and police police officer two, in policy, no further action." The ruling means further investigation by the LAPD which could press charges. Ford's mother wanted the commissioners to find against both officers. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TRITOBIA FORD, MOTHER OF EZELL FORD, SAYING: "I didn't want him to walk the streets around there because I know it was unsafe but that was his right. And he didn't deserve to die for it." Police say Ford, described by a family lawyer as mentally challenged, tried to grab an officer's gun during a struggle. Ford family supporters say there are many unanswered questions. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MORRIS GRIFFIN SAYING: "We think it's an insult to our intelligence to see that the officers are saying that it was in policy." (SOUNDBITE)(English) CHEYENNE BERRY SAYING: "Frustrated, upset, confused, wondering why this system still exists that unarmed people of colour are still being gunned down." (SOUNDBITE)(English) KEITH JAMES SAYING: "Ezell Ford was gunned down, Brendon Glenn gunned down, Charlie Africa gunned down, you know, one after the other." Ford was shot just days after Michael Brown's killing in Missouri that unleashed a wave of demonstrations.

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Anger over LA police death ruling

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 01:40