Pro­test­ers gather at Garcetti’s home

They de­mand he fire the LAPD chief and hold a public fo­rum in re­sponse to the killing of Ezell Ford.

Los Angeles Times - - LOS ANGELES - By Kate Mather kate.mather@la­

Pro­test­ers de­scended upon Mayor Eric Garcetti’s home early Sun­day morn­ing, call­ing for the mayor to take ac­tion over last sum­mer’s fa­tal shoot­ing of Ezell Ford.

About a dozen peo­ple held pic­tures of the late 25year-old as they stood on the side­walk out­side Getty House, the of­fi­cial may­oral res­i­dence in Wind­sor Square, and out­lined their de­mands. The demon­stra­tors, part of the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment, called on Garcetti to fire LAPD Chief Char­lie Beck and hold a public fo­rum to dis­cuss the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ford’s death.

If the mayor did not act, the pro­test­ers said, he would lose their votes.

“We are here this morn­ing to stand for jus­tice,” Me- lina Ab­dul­lah said as she paced in front of the mayor’s house. “We’re de­mand­ing Eric Garcetti do some­thing. Un­less he re­moves this chief of po­lice, we will re­move him.”

The demon­stra­tion came two 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, in South L.A.

Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tors found ev­i­dence in­di­cat­ing that Ford had fought for con­trol of one of­fi­cer’s gun, bol­ster­ing as­ser­tions the of­fi­cers made af­ter the shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to law en­force­ment sources who spoke on the con­di­tion that they not be iden­ti­fied be­cause they were unau­tho­rized to pub­licly dis­cuss the case.

Bus­ta­mante, how­ever, faulted the of­fi­cers for how they ini­tially ap­proached Ford.

Their rec­om­men­da­tions will be con­sid­ered by the Po- lice Com­mis­sion, the civil­ian board that over­sees the LAPD and makes the fi­nal de­ci­sion on uses of force. Com­mis­sion­ers will de­cide Tues­day whether the of­fi­cers’ ac­tions were within depart­ment pol­icy.

On Sun­day, the demon­stra­tors said they were pre­pared to stay out­side Garcetti’s house un­til Tues­day’s meet­ing.

A spokes­woman for Garcetti said the mayor had no com­ment Sun­day morn­ing.

Cars slowed to look at the small group as the demon­stra­tors held hands and prayed. Some cried as they gave tes­ti­mo­ni­als about Ford and other po­lice killings of black men. Two LAPD of­fi­cers stood nearby.

When peo­ple walked in and out of the mayor’s front door, the group shouted through the wrought-iron fence, ask­ing when Garcetti would re­turn.

“Are we go­ing to be able to see the mayor to­day?” said Pa­trisse Cul­lors, a co-founder of Black Lives Mat­ter. “That’s why we’re out here.”

“We’re go­ing to be here,” Ab­dul­lah said.

Pho­tog raphs by Francine Orr Los An­ge­les Times

NANA LAW­SON, mid­dle, joins other pro­test­ers from the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment in prayer Sun­day on the side­walk out­side Getty House, the of­fi­cial may­oral res­i­dence in Wind­sor Square.

PRO­TEST­ERS hold pic­tures of Ezell Ford, a men­tally ill man shot by po­lice in South L.A. last sum­mer.

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