Ezell Ford’s family rejoiced at the finding of The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday that one of the officers' actions were improper across the board. The commission is now calling on the District Attorney to file charges.
Los Angeles seems to be one of the few cities where a civilian oversight committee has rendered a decision that the victim’s family feels was justified. We take a bigger picture look at how Ezell Ford fits into the national narrative of police use of force and where Los Angeles stands.
Jim Newton, Editor of Blueprint, a new magazine for CA, covered the LAPD for the LA Times from 1992-1997
Francisco Ortega, Senior Policy Analyst, City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission
Nana Gyamfi, a human rights lawyer based in Los Angeles