You Have a Target On Your Back, Just By Being Black': LA Police Shoot, Kill Black Man Dijon Kizzee | AfriTV Online

The shooting of Dijon Kizzee 's death in South Los Angeles on Monday afternoon spurred a peaceful protest hours later. Black Lives Matter marched from the scene to a sheriff's local station on Tuesday evening.   The killing occurred on the heels of p...

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You Have a Target On Your Back, Just By Being Black': LA Police Shoot, Kill Black Man Dijon Kizzee

Published by: O. Elijah
09/02/2020 04:18 PM

The shooting of Dijon Kizzee 's death in South Los Angeles on Monday afternoon spurred a peaceful protest hours later. Black Lives Matter marched from the scene to a sheriff's local station on Tuesday evening.

 

The killing occurred on the heels of police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, leaving Jacob Blake, who is also black, crippled and sparked protest days, reinvigorating the controversy about social inequality and policing in the United States.

 

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors also voted Tuesday to order the coroner to conduct an investigation into the 18-year-old Andres Guardado 's deadly deputy shooting on June 18. Guardado was shot in the back five times after deputies said they saw him with a pistol and he ran away. On Monday, the family of Guardado filed an unfair death case against the county, the Sheriff's Department and deputies involved in the attack.

A protester holds a sign with a picture of Dijon Kizzee

Kizzee's family and friends built for him a small tribute at the Westmont community shooting scene — leaving roses, balloons, and candles just miles away from the discarded blue surgical gloves and torn bandages of first responders.

 

Kizzee 's name has not been reported by the Sheriff's Department but two friends have confirmed his identity. They remembered the 29-year-old Kizzee in interviews with The Associated Press as an enthusiastic man with several friends, and expressed outrage at the killing.

 

"You guys take care of dogs. You 're not taking care of us," Kizzee 's dad, Fletcher Fair, told the Sheriff's Department. "He was a sweet and affectionate young man.

 

Kizzee's uncle, Anthony Johnson, 33, said they grew up together and were as close as brothers. Johnson said he often warned his nephew that, as a black man, he had to be especially careful.

 

"'You have a target on your back, just by being you'," Johnson remembered telling Kizzee as recently as a few weeks ago. "He was like, 'Yeah, all right, uncle,' like he always says."

The Sheriff's Department has not released Kizzee's names but two relatives confirmed his identity

A statement from a Sheriff's Department issued Tuesday night said deputies had attempted to arrest Kizzee for riding his bike in violation of vehicle laws, but he dropped his bike and escaped. It gave no further specifics of the suspected breach.

 

The Deputy lost track of him briefly. But when they caught up he quickly punched a deputy in the face and dropped a belt, according to the complaint, allowing a black semiautomatic pistol to slip to the ground.

 

The shooting happened when the guy "moved" toward the pistol, the statement said.

Latiera Irby, 29, told the Los Angeles Times she had gone by her mother's house to get her hair done when Kizzee walked up to her car and said: "They 're coming to get me; they 're going to get me."

 

Kizzee offered her money to have him driven away.

"I didn't know who he hid from, so I said no," she said.

Some time after, Irby said, she saw Kizzee scuffle with a deputy, who backed him up and then fired him.

 

She said, adding: "He had none in his pocket." The same deputy and another shot at Kizzee after he collapsed to the ground.

Police also said the gun has been recovered and no officers have been injured. Helicopters on TV news showed a pistol next to the body.

Protesters clash with deputies of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

Dean said police have not yet questioned witnesses or checked any mobile phone or camera footage.

"Grant us time to perform our enquiry," he said. "We'll get all the details of this case and show them finally."

 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the largest in the U.S., has no body cameras for Officers, but that will change soon. On Tuesday, the county board of supervisors approved money, and next month, the first batch of deputies will be fitted with cameras.

 

Ed Obayashi, a use-of-force consultant to law enforcement agencies and a deputy sheriff in Plumas County, said the Los Angeles County deputies will need to explain how they felt Kizzee presented an immediate threat even though his weapon was on the ground.

 

"For the officers to justify their shooting of Mr. Kizzee, they are going to have to articulate that they reasonably feared for their safety," Obayashi said. 

It will be important for the deputies to be specific, he said.

 

In "What made you think he was a continuing, immediate threat to the public?" Obayashi said. "Did you think he was still armed? Why? And if he was armed and running away, why did you feel he was a threat to you or to the public?"

 

Fair described her nephew as "the child of a mother," saying Kizzee had taken care of his mother from a heart attack until her death in 2011 after a car crash. He then took care of his younger brother, Sean Jones, who is 18 years old and a recent graduate of the high school.

 

Fair lives near where Kizzee was murdered and can not believe the circumstances surrounding the death of her nephew.

"How do you get a bicycle violation?" she asked."I stayed here until they picked his body up. I didn't want to leave."

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