LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Gloomy man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies wasn’t holding a gun after they opened fire, attorneys for his family acknowledged Tuesday, contradicting a claim that he had picked up a dropped weapon all the scheme thru a war.
Dijon Kizzee, 29, “posed no threat” to deputies after they fired 19 photos at him, civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump acknowledged at a news convention.
Crump moreover represents the families of George Floyd and Jacob Blake. Floyd became killed when a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck, and Blake became left skittish by a police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Those incidents triggered nationwide protests. Kizzee’s loss of life moreover sparked a sequence of largely restful demonstrations.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I’m standing with one more Gloomy family who has misplaced a loved one thanks to the excessive brutal force of the contributors who’re supposed to guard and serve them,” Crump acknowledged.
Kizzee’s family stood with Crump and the opposite attorneys, including his stepbrother and aunts. They wore masks, buttons and shirts that acknowledged “Justice for Dijon Kizzee.” Various wept.
“All I need is justice for my nephew,” acknowledged Fletcher Very most attention-grabbing, Kizzee’s aunt, as she called for the deputies to be arrested. “He didn’t ought to silent be killed love that. He’s no animal. He’s human love we are.”
Kizzee became killed Aug. 31 in South Los Angeles after sheriff’s deputies tried to total him for utilizing a bicycle in the terrifying route. They acknowledged they were unaware he had a weapon wrapped in a part of clothing he became carrying at the time.
Two deputies rapid investigators they fatally shot Kizzee after he picked up the handgun he had dropped all the scheme thru a war with regarded as one of them, authorities acknowledged remaining week. A video shows him stooping down. But a wall blocks a fat gaze, and no weapon also can simply moreover be considered.
It doesn’t appear the deputies tried to de-escalate the instruct sooner than shooting Kizzee. Authorities beforehand acknowledged Kizzee had most attention-grabbing “made a circulation” toward the gun nonetheless remaining week reported that the deputies claimed he had picked it up.
Kizzee became shot multiple occasions in the chest and palms and once in the back, authorities salvage acknowledged. The fat post-mortem hasn’t been completed but.
Carl Douglas, another civil rights lawyer who is representing Kizzee’s family, acknowledged witnesses acknowledged the deputies fired three or four photos at Kizzee, followed by a finish and then a 2nd volley whereas he became on the ground.
An neutral post-mortem commissioned by family shows he became struck 15 occasions, Douglas acknowledged. The lawyer acknowledged the neutral post-mortem shows that Kizzee did now no longer die straight away and as another writhed on the ground in anxiety.
“We invent now no longer salvage any comment referring to the non-public post-mortem results,” Sheriff’s Raze Bureau Capt. Kent Wegener acknowledged in a press liberate.
Douglas acknowledged 19 gunshots shows heart-broken police coaching and a pervasive “warrior mentality” among regulation enforcement nationwide.
“Till we exchange that warrior mentality to extra of a guardian mentality, there’s going to be extra (families) who salvage misplaced relatives,” he acknowledged. “There’s an outbreak that patrols the county of Los Angeles.”
The attorneys moreover puzzled why the deputies sought to total Kizzee whereas he became bicycling, calling it another example of “biking whereas Gloomy” and racial profiling.
Crump called Kizzee’s loss of life allotment of racial injustice and police brutality which salvage been allotment of the U.S. for centuries.
“We in Gloomy The US are facing the 1619 pandemic,” he acknowledged, referring to the three hundred and sixty five days when the important enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown, Virginia. “Right here’s a virulent disease. The 1619 pandemic has claimed its most standard victim.”