You might not remember his name; mere days after Michael Brown’s murder at the hands of Darren Wilson, Ezell Ford of Los Angeles barely made more than local news. But his case was eerily similar to Brown’s, and the autopsy reports now in reveal a chilling detail.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: unarmed black male stopped by white police. Black male gets a demon face, does something insanely violent, and a struggle ensures. Black male goes for officer’s gun, and gets shot. That was essentially the story with Ezell Ford, who didn’t steal a cigar from a convenience store. Matter of fact, he didn’t do anything.
The police said they made an “investigative stop,” known to locals as “harassment” or “profiling.” And indeed, the local police did have a profile of 25-year-old Ezell Ford. Ford was only two blocks from his home, and the local police there knew he was mentally disabled.
Details on how the scuffle started are sketchy right now, though we’d assume it was because Ezell got a black demon face and charged at the officer like a rhino. In any case, there was a physical altercation, and police claim that Ezell wound up on top of the officer, and wound up in control off the officer’s gun.
It was at this point the officer pulled his backup weapon, and pressed the muzzle of the gun into Ford’s back. After that bit of contortion, he fired. Multiple times, from close range. Ezell Ford fell in the street; not yet dead, but dying.
When his mother came rushing up, police pulled their billy clubs on her and shoved her to the ground. They refused to answer any questions. She says her son was lying face-down on the ground, having already been subdued by the officers when he was shot in the back by an officer straddling him from behind.
The autopsy report found a muzzle imprint on Ford’s back, indicating that the gun was pressed into it when the first shot was fired. Medical examiners also found a few cuts and scrapes on the officer involved. As with Brown’s killing, forensic evidence once again backs up two completely different accounts. And once again, the people with months of access to the body and the evidence are exonerated.
But, it’s just another day in the life for the terribly dangerous job of the modern police officer, who’s about 1/20th as likely to die in the line of duty as a farmer.
Just have to watch out for those black demon faces. Never know when they’re going to charge like an African rhino and go for your gun while resisting arrest.
Watch a CNN report on the story below: