Video by LAPD Chief Sparks Additional Controversy Following Police Commission’s Ruling on Ezell Ford Case

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After a controversial decision this week by the civilian Los Angeles Police Commission that a shooting by an officer did not conform with department policy, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck sought to reassure his troops.

Standing on a balcony at his department's downtown headquarters, with City Hall looming in the background, Beck recorded a 76-second video that was distributed to officers. He acknowledged the commissioners -- "our bosses" -- made a "tough decision" concerning last summer's fatal shooting of Ezell Ford.

"I know it's a difficult thing for you to think about as you go out and risk your lives every day," Beck told officers in the video, a copy of which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

But he said he wanted them to know that they had his support, the support of the mayor and the support of the vast majority of the city.

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