Grainy video shows Dijon Kizzee running from Los Angeles deputies. He was killed 'in cold blood,' attorney Ben Crump says.

Written by on September 3, 2020


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LOS ANGELES — The nation’s second-largest metropolis, already on edge following the demise of George Floyd and the capturing of Jacob Blake which have prompted protests and led to unrest within the streets, is now coping with its personal racially divisive capturing by legislation enforcement.

Sheriff’s deputies fatally shot a Black man in a confrontation that adopted their try and cease him over what they referred to as an unspecified “code violation” as he rode his bicycle on Monday afternoon by an unincorporated part of south Los Angeles.

However not like Minneapolis, through which an officer kept a knee to Floyd’s neck till he grew to become unconscious and died, or Kenosha, Wisconsin, the place an officer shot Blake seven times in the back that has left him paralyzed, video capturing the demise of Dijon Kizzee is not as clear.

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The case, nonetheless, instantly attracted the eye of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Issues, which organized protests, and of lawyer Ben Crump, who has been energetic in each the Floyd and Blake instances. 

At a Wednesday information convention, Crump and two different attorneys mentioned they are going to be representing Kizzee’s household in civil claims towards the sheriff’s division.

“Dijon Kizzee didn’t should be executed like this in chilly blood as he was working away,” Crump mentioned. “That appears to occur disproportionately to Black and Brown individuals in America.”

Kizzee’s solely crime, Crump mentioned, was to be a Black particular person driving a bicycle.

The sheriff’s division mentioned in a press release that Kizzee had deserted the bike and fled on foot when he noticed a sheriff’s cruiser make a U-turn and head towards him. 

At first, Kizzee eluded them. However after they encountered him just a few blocks away and confronted them, the division says Kizzee punched a deputy within the face. Then a black semi-automatic handgun fell to the bottom when Kizzee dropped his jacket. Considering he was reaching for the gun, deputies opened hearth, in response to the assertion.

A grainy video, as seen in a tweet posted Wednesday by Crump, reveals a scuffle and that deputies had been distanced from Kizzee after they opened hearth. It doesn’t seem to substantiate the sheriff’s division’s allegation that he “made a movement” for a gun.

Crump and his co-counsel, Carl Douglas and Dale Galipo, mentioned they had been in a position to depend 15 to 20 pictures, based mostly on audio from the neighbors’ movies of the encounter. They mentioned an post-mortem will decide not solely the variety of instances Kizzee was shot, however from what route.

They mentioned it was no shock that Kizzee would have taken off working when the deputies tried to confront him. “Take a look at what has been transpiring with legislation enforcement for Black individuals in America,” Crump mentioned. “He was scared.”

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After the capturing, Black Lives Issues was fast to behave. It referred to as on supporters to return and display on the scene.

“Los Angeles County Sheriffs killed a Black man…Dijon…on 109th and Budlong and left his physique facedown within the dust. We’d like all arms on deck. Please get right here ASAP!,” the group tweeted. A big crowd gathered and stayed late into the night time.

The sheriff’s division listed Kizzee’s age as being about 30.

Kizzee’s aunt, Fletcher Honest, mentioned he was “extra like a son to me,” particularly since her sister’s demise in 2011. She mentioned Kizzee had moved to Lancaster, on Los Angeles County’s northern edge, and attended continuation highschool there, however did not elaborate extra about him.

“He was a great boy,” she mentioned. “He was by no means a foul particular person.”


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