Autopsy Reveals Ezell Ford Was Shot in the Back, Rep. Karen Bass...

Autopsy Reveals Ezell Ford Was Shot in the Back, Rep. Karen Bass Comments



Ezell Ford was shot dead by police in California two days after Mike Brown was killed by former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in Missouri.  Both were unarmed.  Ford’s case happened in the time frame as the Brown case and the death of Eric Garner, who was strangled to death by New York City Police Officer Dan Pantaleo on July 17, 2014.  

Today, Ford’s autopsy was made public.  The document revealed that Ford was shot three times, including once at very close range in the back.

The Los Angeles Times reported that, “the gunshot wound on his back showed the surrounding skin had a muzzle imprint, according to the autopsy, suggesting the shot was made at very close range.”

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) issues the following statement late today:  “I appreciate Mayor Garcetti’s actions today in requesting Ezell Ford’s autopsy be released to the public. I join with Mr. Ford’s family in grieving his death as well as wanting to make sure that justice is served. 

“The information in the autopsy is one piece of evidence, but it does not tell the complete story. I echo calls for all witnesses to come forward to share their reports of what they saw last August. This information is vital to ensuring we have the full story of what happened. 

“Ezell Ford’s family and the South Los Angeles community deserve a full and impartial investigation surrounding the tragic events from this summer. There are many facts to consider—including Mr. Ford’s mental illness as well Mr. Ford being shot in the back. 

“I will continue to closely monitor the Los Angeles Police Department’s, the office of inspector general’s and the district attorney’s office’s investigations.”

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke


  1. It is very painful and heart-wrenching to see so many Black Women lose their young sons day in and day out, at the hands of White Racist Police,and justice is not being served….Chicago: Marchers in President Obama’s hometown,demand answers to address core issues of racism and police misconduct. The Non-Indictments of two White Police Officers in the killings of Eric Garner, Ezell Ford and Mike Brown, as well as many more just to name a few, left the nation reeling….Massive protest sprouted up in Seattle,Washington, Washington,D.C. New York, and Berkeley California; blasting ongoing police brutality and killings, that seemingly targets Young Black Lives often with fatal consequences…Justice must be served and laws should be put in place for harsh penalties for these Execution Style Killings Now, Pronto and Immediately!

  2. I feel as if Congresswoman Bass’s comments were not strong enough. Way too much decorum on an issue that has hit her neighborhood the hardest. Regardless of whether you live in the wealthy neighborhoods or the Florence district where Ezell Ford and Omar Abrego were both murdered, we are all Angelenos and we should all be ashamed to call the LAPD our police force after their actions in killing two men and then defending the four officers responsible. We must be forceful in our rebuke and discharge these officers on their way to prison, ASAP!