SOUTH LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – New security footage from CBSLA gives an idea of the number of times MPs fired their guns at 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee on Monday afternoon after stopping him for an alleged violation of the Code while riding a bicycle.
The footage from several neighbors' terraces does not show the shot. However, at least 18 shots can be heard when neighbors cringe.
"You shot four times initially, knowing the victim was gone, and then there were 11 more shots that lasted." said Ricardo Richmond, one of the neighbors who witnessed the shooting. "You saw he (sketch) was like," Hey man, don't touch me! "And then it was like a boom, a boom, a boom … there was no attempt at de-escalation."
Kizzee's family has kept civil rights attorney Ben Crump – most recently known as the family representative of Jacob Blake, who was shot dead by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and sparked another round of national protests.
Crump says Kizzee was shot 20 times in the back, but MPs didn't reveal how many shots were fired.
"Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old black man, was fatally shot by (sheriff) MPs," wrote Crump on Twitter on Tuesday morning. "Cops stopped him while he was riding his bike for allegedly violating the vehicle code. They say he ran, dropped his clothes and gun. He didn't pick it up, but the police hit him more than 20 times Shot in the back and then left him for hours. "
#DijonKizzee, a 29-year-old black man, was fatally shot and killed by @LASDHQ MPs. Cops stopped him while he was riding his bike for allegedly "violating the vehicle code." They say he ran and dropped his clothes and gun. He didn't pick it up, but the police shot him in the back more than 20 times and then left him for hours. pic.twitter.com/CF1hVihywv
– Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 1, 2020
Kizzee was killed by MPs after they tried to stop him for violating the Code while riding his bike near West 109th Place and South Budlong Avenue at around 3:15 p.m. Monday.
He ran away from them and started a foot hunt. When the MPs caught up with him, they claimed he had slapped one of them in the face. During the scuffle, he dropped some of the clothes he was wearing and they saw a semi-automatic pistol which caused them to open fire on him, reports the sheriff's department.
It is unclear whether Kizzee actually aimed the gun at the MPs. On Tuesday, however, the Sheriff's Department changed its previous description of the shooting to include Kizzee "making a move toward the gun," so two MPs opened fire.
The MPs, whose names have not yet been released, have been removed from the field pending verification of the incident, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.
"Our suspect held some clothes in his hands, slapped one of the officers in the face, and then dropped the items into his hands," said Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Dean on Monday night. "MPs noted that there was a black semi-automatic pistol in the clothes he dropped. At that point there was a shootout involving a MP."
MORE: Protesters are calling for answers following a shot by cyclists killed by MPs in south LA
On Tuesday, Kizzee's relatives, as well as several civil rights activists, said Kizzee was carrying a gun, but they insist he did not handle it or reach for it. It is said that he was unarmed when he was shot.
"Why we?" said his aunt Fletcher Fair. "… It's just us and we are tired. We are absolutely tired."
The cell phone video of the scene showed MPs providing first aid to Kizzee, but he died on the scene. No MPs were injured. A pistol was recovered from the scene.
Sheriff's officers were unable to immediately confirm to CBSLA what the code violation that led to the first traffic disruption on Kizzee.
The protesters gathered at the location of the shooting Tuesday night for the second day in a row and marched to the sheriff's station in South Los Angeles, located at 1310 W. Imperial Highway.
MP Maxine Waters joined protesters, including Kizzee's aunt, and condemned MPs' actions.
"Despite Black Lives Matter, they shoot and kill like they're saying they're going to show us they're not going to stop," she said.
The shooting came after the fatal shooting of a black man in Pasadena also sparked protests. On the night of August 15, 32-year-old Anthony McClain was killed by police in Pasadena after a traffic obstruction. Police said McClain was also armed.
(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)