With demonstrations still taking place across the country over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the Los Angeles Police Department this week is expected to release the autopsy report in the officer-involved shooting of Ezell Ford.
Ford, a 25-year-old mentally ill black man, was shot by LAPD officers on Aug. 11. According to the LAPD, Ford reached for an officer's gun, prompting his partner to open fire. A friend of Ford’s family who said she saw part of the incident, however, told The Times she didn’t see any struggle between the officers and Ford.
At a news conference Sunday, held down the street from where Ford was killed, community advocates gathered to discuss the report's release.
"We want to put the pressure on the LAPD," said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable. "To remind them that we're here. We must hold feet to the fire and hope the right thing is done."
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