Looking for a new excuse to loot and riot in Los Angeles, black activists have latched onto the Los Angeles Police Department shooting of Ezell Ford, who was shot after taking a gun from an LPD police officer and firing two rounds at them. The Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to announce the finding of their review on Tuesday. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he was confident that commissioners would “conduct an impartial and fair-minded review.”
Garcetti’s statement came as about a dozen protesters continued to camp outside Getty House, the official mayoral residence in Windsor Square, demanding he take action over Ford’s death. The mayor also said he called Ford’s mother, Tritobia, on Sunday night and hoped to meet with her in the coming days.
“I didn’t reach her but left a message, telling her my heart goes out to her and her grieving family, as it has since the news first broke last August,” Garcetti said.
Protesters descended upon Garcetti’s house early Sunday morning, holding pictures of Ford above their heads as they outlined their demands. The demonstrators, part of the Black Lives Matter movement, called on Garcetti to fire LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and for the Police Commission to conduct its review of Ford’s shooting in a public forum.
The demonstration came just days after The Times reported that Beck and Alex Bustamante, the LAPD’s independent watchdog, have determined that two officers were justified in shooting Ford, a mentally ill black man, last summer in South L.A.
Fearing the worst, LAPD will beef up patrols in the area hoping to quell any violence or looting.
The protesters said they were prepared to stay outside Garcetti’s house until Tuesday’s commission meeting. On Monday, Abdullah hinted they could stay longer. “All options are on the table,” she said.
By Monday morning, protesters had chalked messages on the sidewalk in front of the mayor’s home. Photos of Ford were stapled to nearby trees and hung from the mayor’s front gate. Also at the front gate was a cardboard sign: “Black Lives Matter.”
About a half-dozen police officers stood down the block, watching the protest from afar.