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Ezell Ford protesters shut down Police Commission

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – More than a dozen protesters disrupted a Los Angeles
Police Commission today to speak out against officers involved in the fatal
shooting of Ezell Ford a year ago today.
Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff halted the
meeting, citing disruption from members of Black Lives Matter and other
activists in the audience during public comment.
The protesters refused to leave the board room for about 15 minutes
during which they chanted “Justice for Ezell Ford,” with individual
protesters verbally confronting a line of police officers at the front of the
room.
One protester, 11-year-old Thandiwe Abdullah, addressed the officers,
saying “I live in fear of you,” adding that she could be killed by “any one
of you.”
The protesters eventually agreed to leave the meeting after an LAPD
lieutenant declared the protest an “unlawful assembly,” but said they wanted
to first deliver three “subpoenas” to Chief Charlie Beck and the two LAPD
officers, Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, who were involved in the
confrontation with the unarmed Ford.
Black Lives Matter member Anthony Ratcliff, one of the people who
delivered the subpoenas, said activists demand that the officers and Beck
attend a Nov. 14 “people’s liberation tribunal,” where members of the
community will give testimony about their interactions with the police.
Beck and the officers were not at the meeting, but Commission Executive
Director Richard Tefank said he would accept the subpoenas and give them over
to the city attorney. Tefank said Beck was on vacation.
Black Lives Matter activist Melina Abdullah said they want Wampler and
Villegas to be fired, saying that they should not be on active duty after the
police commission concluded that one of the officers acted improperly when he
shot Ford.
Ford, 25, was fatally shot by police Aug. 11, 2014, near 65th Street and
Broadway.

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