Dijon Kizzee was shot 'in cold blood' in Los Angeles, Ben Crump says


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LOS ANGELES – The country's second largest city, on the sidelines after the death of George Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake, sparked protests and riots In the streetsdeals with his own racially divisive shootout by law enforcement agencies.

Sheriff's MPs fatally shot and killed a black man after attempting to stop him for an unspecified "code violation" while riding his bicycle through an unincorporated area of ​​south Los Angeles on Monday afternoon.

The video showing the death of Dijon Kizzee isn't as clear as the footage in Minneapolis, where an officer held a knee to Floyd's neck until he passed out and died, or Kenosha, Wisconsin, where an officer put Blake in seven times shot his back, which left him paralyzed.

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The case caught the attention of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, which organized protests, and attorney Ben Crump, who was active in the Floyd and Blake cases.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Crump and two other lawyers said they were representing Kizzee's family on civil lawsuits against the Sheriff's Department.

People light candles on September 1 at a makeshift memorial where 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee was killed by Sheriff's MPs in Los Angeles. Protesters marched to the sheriff's station in South Los Angeles after Kizzee was killed in an altercation with authorities trying to stop him while he was riding a bicycle. (Photo: Mario Tama, Getty Images)

"Dijon Kizzee didn't deserve to be executed in cold blood when he ran away," said Crump. "That seems to happen disproportionately to the black and brown people in America."

Sketch's only crime, Crump said, was being a black person who rides a bicycle.

The sheriff's department said in a statement that Kizzee got off his bike and fled on foot when he saw a sheriff's cruiser make a U-turn and walk towards him.

At first Kizzee escaped them. When they met him a few blocks away, the department said Kizzee had punched a deputy in the face. A black semi-automatic pistol fell as Kizzee dropped his jacket. The MPs thought he was reaching for the gun and reportedly fired.

A grainy video featured in a tweet posted by Crump on Wednesday shows a brawl and a person running away. The MPs were some distance from Kizzee when they fired.

A protester holds a picture of Dijon Kizzee, who died after being shot dead by Sheriff's MPs in Los Angeles on August 31. (Photo: Christian Monterrosa, AP)

Crump and his co-counsels Carl Douglas and Dale Galipo said they counted 15 to 20 recordings based on audio from the neighbors' videos of the encounter. They said an autopsy will determine not only how many times Kizzee was shot, but also from which direction.

They said it was no surprise that Kizzee was running when MPs tried to confront him. "Look at what happened to black law enforcement in America," Crump said. "He was scared."

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After filming, Black Lives Matter asked supporters to demonstrate on location.

"The Los Angeles County Sheriffs killed a black man … Dijon … on the 109th and left Budlong and his body face down in the dirt. We need all hands on deck. Please come as soon as possible here!" The group tweeted. A large crowd gathered and stayed late into the night.

The sheriff's department said Kizzee was around 30 years old.

Kizzee's aunt Fletcher Fair said he was "more of a son to me," especially since her sister died in 2011. She said Kizzee moved to Lancaster on the northern edge of Los Angeles County and went to high school, but she did didn't do it. t work out.

"He was a good boy," she said. "He was never a bad person."

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