Authorities said a black man was shot and killed by the Los Angeles County sheriffs after he was stopped for a traffic offense while riding a bicycle, then ran from the police and punched an officer and “moved” toward a rifle on the ground. .
The shooting of Dijon Kesi in southern Los Angeles led to a peaceful protest hours later. Black Lives Matter walked from the scene to the sheriff’s police station.
The murder came on the heels of a police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which paralyzed Jacob Blake, also black, and sparked days of protests, sparking a national debate about racial injustice and the police.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to require a coroner to conduct an investigation into the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Andres Guardado on June 18. Guardado was shot five times in the back after MPs said they had seen him. With a pistol and ran. The Guardado family filed a lawsuit against the county, the sheriff administration, and MPs involved in the shooting.
Kizzee’s family and friends created a small memorial to him at the shooting scene in the Westmont neighborhood – leaving flowers, balloons and candles a few meters away from blue medical gloves and wrapped bandages.
The sheriff department did not disclose Kizi’s name, but two of his relatives confirmed his identity. In AP interviews, they remembered the 29-year-old Kizi as an energetic man with several friends and expressed their anger over the shooting.
“You guys take care of the dogs.” Kesi’s aunt, Fletcher Fair, addressed the sheriff’s department, “You don’t take care of us.” “He was a kind, loving young man. His whole life was ahead of him, it was cut short by rogue sheriffs. “
Kizi’s uncle, Anthony Johnson, 33, said they grew up together and were close like the brothers. Johnson said he has often warned his nephew that, as a black man, he should be especially careful.