Protests Erupt in Los Angeles’ Westmont After County Sheriff’s Deputies Fatally Shoot Black Man

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Protests Erupt in Los Angeles’ Westmont After County Sheriff’s Deputies Fatally Shoot Black Man

Protests broke out in southern Los Angeles on Monday night after Los Angeles County Sheriff's MPs shot a black man. The man has not been officially identified. Sheriffs Lt. Brandon Dean told reporters that the shooting occurred at the end of a car chase and after the man allegedly slapped one of the MPs in the face. According to the Los Angeles Times, Dean said the two MPs spotted the man riding a bicycle in violation of unspecified vehicle codes. When MPs tried to stop him, he dropped the bike and ran according to Dean, and when MPs caught up with him, he allegedly hit one of them. The man then allegedly dropped a bundle of clothing that contained a black pistol. Both MPs then opened fire on him and killed the man. MPs did not wear body cameras, according to NBC Los Angeles. Just hours after the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene and sang "Say His Name", "No Justice, No Peace" and "Black Lives Are Important". Then, after midnight, over 100 protesters marched to the sheriff's station.

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