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
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.


  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!