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LAPD Fatally Shoots South L.A. Man During Investigative Stop

Francesca Bessey |
August 12, 2014 | 9:38 p.m. PDT

Senior Opinion Editor

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A South Los Angeles man who was shot by police Monday evening has died from his injuries, Los Angeles police confirmed Tuesday.

The man has been identified to the media as 24-year-old Ezell Ford and allegedly suffered from mental illness.

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According to a police statement, officers opened fire after "a struggle ensued" during an investigative stop. Family members who witnessed the incident said Ford was lying on the ground and complying with police orders when he was shot three times in the back. No officers were injured during the altercation.

Ford's death comes on the heels of several other violent police-related incidents that have received national media attention, including the shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and the choking death of father of six Eric Garner in Staten Island.

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Los Angeles residents have reacted with outrage to the incident, sharing feelings on social media with the hashtag #EzellFord. Los Angeles People's Media has also organized a protest this weekend at LAPD Headquarters.

Read the full story at KTLA.

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