Peaceful protest held in Crenshaw District following release of Ezell Ford's autopsy

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A peaceful protest was held Monday night in the Crenshaw District following the release of Ezell Ford's autopsy.

A peaceful protest was held Monday night in the Crenshaw District following the release of Ezell Ford's autopsy.

A total of about 30 to 40 protesters marched from Leimert Park down Crenshaw Boulevard, yelling "No justice, no peace."

A small group staged a "die-in" at Martin Luther King Jr. and Crenshaw Boulevards shortly before 5 p.m., blocking traffic for a short time. The protest winded down shortly after 6 p.m.

At about 8:15 p.m., a group of about 30 protesters blocked lanes of traffic on the southbound 110 Freeway between Gage and Slauson avenues in South Los Angeles, California Highway Patrol said.

CHP officers arrived and escorted the protesters off the freeway. No arrests were made.

The report was made public more than four months after Ford, 25, was fatally shot by LAPD officers in South Los Angeles near his home on the 200 block of West 65th Street on Aug. 11.

The autopsy report revealed Ford was shot three times: in the right arm, right back and right abdomen.

The autopsy states that the gunshot wound to the right abdomen and back were fatal, while the third wound to the arm was not fatal. It also states that the gunshot wound to the right back area had a "muzzle imprint," which indicates the shot was fired at close range.

Read the autopsy report on Ezell Ford (PDF)

Protesters said officer-involved shootings are happening too often in communities of color.

"I understand that a lot of times when these things happen, you know, they feel insecure and they feel like they may be harmed so they take action first and they shoot," said Nefrah Riley, "It's been going on for a long time, you know, and we're tired of this."

Many of the protesters say they want police officers to wear body cameras and for the LAPD to have more civilian oversight. The investigation into whether or not the officers' use of force was a violation of LAPD's policy is still ongoing.


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