L.A. City Council Approves $1.5 Million Settlement for Family of Ezell Ford, Shot Dead by LAPD in 2014

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Ezell Ford, whose 2014 killing by LAPD officers became a local touchstone in the national outcry over police shootings.

From left, Alice Corley, the mother of Lionel V. Gibson Jr., Tritobia Ford, the mother of Ezell Ford, and Pamela Fields, the mother of Dante Jordan, embrace at a protest for Ezell Ford outside a downtown L.A. courthouse on Aug. 11, 2016. All three mothers have lost children at the hands of police. (Credit: Callaghan O'Hare / Los Angeles Times)

From left, Alice Corley, the mother of Lionel V. Gibson Jr., Tritobia Ford, the mother of Ezell Ford, and Pamela Fields, the mother of Dante Jordan, embrace at a protest for Ezell Ford outside a downtown L.A. courthouse on Aug. 11, 2016. All three mothers have lost children at the hands of police. (Credit: Callaghan O’Hare / Los Angeles Times)

The settlement comes two weeks after Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey announced she would not criminally charge the two officers who shot Ford during a scuffle in his South L.A. neighborhood.

It also adds to the growing financial fallout from deadly LAPD shootings. In December, the city agreed to pay $8 million to settle lawsuits stemming from the fatal shootings of three unarmed men. Officials cited costly police-related payouts when they recently decided to borrow money to help pay for legal settlements and explore ways to build trust between the LAPD and some residents.

The Aug. 11, 2014, shooting of Ford, a 25-year-old black man, generated controversy almost immediately. More than two years later, local activists and others use his death as an example in their ongoing criticism over how officers interact with black and Latino residents. Many — including those with the Black Lives Matter movement — still describe the shooting as an unjust killing, continuing to chant Ford’s name along with others killed by police.

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