LA County Watchdog Excluded From Observing Dijon Kizzee Post-mortem – NBC Los Angeles

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LA County Watchdog Excluded From Observing Dijon Kizzee Autopsy – NBC Los Angeles

The head
of the Inspectorate General of LA County said Thursday that the sheriff
The department did not allow independent observation of the Dijon autopsy
Kizzee who was shot dead on one of two MPs after a confrontation
Sidewalk in Westmont Monday afternoon.

inspector
General Max Huntsman, who has repeatedly publicly complained about the sheriff
Officials have failed to cooperate with the prudential investigation into his office
Members of the county Civilian Oversight Commission that he asked for
participate in the investigation of the examining magistrate.

"We asked
specifically to include us in the autopsy, ”Huntsman said during one
virtual town hall meeting. "I was concerned when we didn't hear from them
So I called the coroner myself and the coroner either told me or emailed him and
he told me the autopsy would be over in an hour. "

"The
The sheriff's department had gone on until the autopsy, they had planned,
without telling us, ”said Huntsman.

Sketch,
29, was fatally shot at around 3:15 p.m. Monday near West 109th Place and South
Budlong Avenue.

Earlier in the day, NBC4's Sheriff Alex Villanueva told John Kadiz Klemack that Huntsman's office was working with the FBI to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting.

"Everything
happens in the correct order of events, “said Villanueva.

"Unfortunately
Five minutes later, people were already tweeting what they were thinking
it, had no idea what happened, drives the indignation that is
premature, "said Villanueva.

Several
Law enforcement officials told NBC4's I-Team that one of the MPs
A trainee was involved in the shooting and the trainee had been beaten
the face just before the exchange of fire. The second deputy was the trainee
Supervisor and training officer, the sources said.

One of
Attorneys for Kizzee's family say he fear law enforcement will object
State law about what was legal when MPs first tried to contact
with sketch.

"Unless
The police officer has reasonable suspicion or probable reason a person is
is allowed to flee the police, "said Dale Galipo, a lawyer for Kizzee
Family.

He says
The MPs had no right to shoot Kizzee in the back as he ran away.

"You
I can't shoot anyone for running away, "he said." Indeed it would
Be more reason not to shoot someone because that person is obviously not trying
In order to attack the officer and not try to harm the officer, he tries to escape
from the officer. "

"People
can come up with reason after reason and they do it – to blame black people for it
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 they have
says is full of merit.

"Police
do not represent a sense of security or reassurance for black people, "she said
said. "No black person I've met in my entire life feels safer when they are
See a policeman on the corner or a police car rolling up behind you in traffic. We feel
afraid we are afraid. "

While
Sheriff didn't go into details, he said the MPs involved are
Currently in the interview process and he said he is grieving with the community of
Westmont, 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.

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