Police fatally shoot black man during protest in LA

Police fatally shoot a 29-year-old black man during protests in Los Angeles.  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man. Kizzee was shot during a confrontation Monday afternoon in South LA, sparking protests at the scene.

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The sheriff’s department says that at about 3:15 p.m. local time two deputies tried to stop Kizzee, who was riding a bicycle. According to authorities, the bicycle was “in violation of vehicle codes.” When they got near Kizzee, he got off the bicycle and began to flee.

Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean told reporters that deputies caught up to the suspect about a block away the man punched one of the deputies in the face. He then dropped the items of clothing he had been carrying.

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It was at that point deputies “noticed that inside the clothing items he dropped was a black semiautomatic handgun.” Both deputies then opened fire, shooting the man several times, Dean said. Investigators recovered a handgun from the scene.

Police fatally shoot Dijon Kizzee on scene

Activist Najee Ali, who is representing the family as is attorney Ben Crump, denies that Kizzee was a threat at the time of the shooting. “Being in possession of a gun, but actually using a gun, having it in your hands are two different things,” Ali said. He further added, “he did not point the gun” at officers.

The family is calling for Sheriff Alex Villanueva to release the names of the deputies. Also demanding the “arrest and criminal prosecution,” of said deputies.

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