Two days after thousands of demonstrators took to L.A. streets to “demand justice” for Ezell Ford and others victims of police violence, an autopsy report on Ford’s death was made available to the public. Ford, who was mentally ill, died in South Los Angeles on August 11 after being shot during an altercation with two LAPD gang officers. He was 25 years old.
The report reveals that Ford sustained shot wounds on his side, arm, and back, and that he was likely shot in the back at close range. The investigation into Ford’s death is open and ongoing, and today’s news prompted mayor Eric Garcetti, who ordered the autopsy’s release, to repeat the police department’s call for witnesses to come forward. “Right now, Los Angeles has a lot to reflect on,” he said in a statement sent to the media regarding both Ford’s death and another South L.A. shooting, possibly targeting LAPD officers, that took place Sunday night. “Violence in our streets or against the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department will not be tolerated.”