A music video response to the fatal police shooting of Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles prompted the LAPD’s union to call for police officers to be on heightened alert Thursday.
The video, titled “F*** tha Police,” a name shared with the 1988 N.W.A. song, intersperses news video related to the Aug. 11 killing of 25-year-old Ford with footage of a more than a dozen people raising their hands and their middle fingers at the camera. Many wear T-shirts stating “Save Black Boys.”
The video was posted Aug. 15 and, according to the YouTube caption, accompanies a song by “Ceebo The Rapper,” who told KTLA he wanted to consult his lawyer before commenting on the video. The song describes police as “the enemy” and “KKK in the flesh.”
“When they killed Ez’, they should have killed me,” the lyrics state.
In an alert emailed to members on Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Protective League board stated that the video was from a “street gang” and called for revenge for Ford’s death.
“In light of the video and obvious threats against the police, ALL officers should be aware of this video and are advised to be on heightened alert and pay extra attention to your tactics and surroundings,” the email stated.
League President Tyler Izen urged viewers of the video to reject its premise.
“It’s not good for society, it’s not good for the community and it’s no way to avenge anybody’s death or pay tribute to somebody who’s been lost,” Izen said.
The Los Angeles Police Department has added more uniformed patrol and stopped using single-officer units, Officer Drake Madison said.
Ford was near 65th Street and Broadway and complying with officers’ orders when he was shot in the back while lying down, according to family members, who described him as having “mental problems.” The death has prompted multiple protests and calls for the officers involved to be held accountable.
In its account of the shooting, LAPD stated in a news release that Ford turned on two gang officers, grabbed one of them and then the pair fell to the ground and struggled.
On the ground, Ford attempted to grab an officer’s handgun from its holster, prompting him to fire a backup weapon while his partner fired a handgun, according to police.
LAPD’s Force Investigation Division detectives were working on the case, which was set to be reviewed by Chief Charlie Beck, the Office of the Inspector General and the Police Commission.