The Los Angeles County Inspector General and the FBI are investigating the deputy MP's fatal shootings of Dijon Kizzee to see if fatal violence was warranted, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday.
Kizzee, 29, was fatally shot at around 3:15 p.m. Monday during a confrontation with MPs near West 109th Place and South Budlong Avenue.
"Unfortunately there were people in five minutes who were already tweeting what they thought about it, had no idea what happened, which is fueling the outrage that is premature," said Villanueva.
One of Kizzee's family lawyers says he feared prosecution would be against state law, which was legal when MPs first tried to contact Kizzee.
"Unless the police officer has reasonable suspicion or probable cause, a person is allowed to flee the police," said Dale Galipo, an attorney for the Kizzee family.
He says the MPs had no right to shoot Kizzee in the back when he ran away.
"You can't shoot someone because they ran away," he said. "In fact, that would be one more reason not to shoot someone because that person is clearly not trying to attack the officer, not trying to harm the officer, but trying to escape the officer."
"People can come up with common sense for common sense, and they do it – to hold black people responsible for our own death," said Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter.
Abdullah says it's not uncommon for people to flee for fear of the police – a fear she says is full of merit.
"The police are not a sense of security or reassurance for black people," she said. "No black person I've met in my entire life feels safer when they see a policeman on the corner or a police car rolling behind them in traffic. We are afraid, we are afraid."
While the sheriff has gone into no details, he says the MPs involved are currently in the interview process and he mourns with the Westmont community where deadly crimes are on the rise.
"The crime rate in Westmont, the homicide rate itself, this place is known as Death Alley for a reason," he said.