Protesters at the vigil for a mentally ill black man who was killed by Los Angeles police threatened reporters in South Los Angeles several times Monday in scenes that are sure to continue to stoke heated debate over the ongoing anti-police backlash.
One protester was caught on video threatening to set fire to a KTLA cameraman unless he stopped doing his job covering the scene.
“I’m gonna set you on fire if you don’t back away.” the protester was heard saying to the man, while waving a lighter in his face.
A second threat to set the cameraman alight was made as the protester, a black woman, waved the lighter near his clothing, prompting the man to shout back “Don’t try to set me on fire!”
The same protester was heard ordering the crew to “Drop the f*cking camera!” and then issuing another threat: “If you don’t want me to touch the camera, I can touch the camera and slam it in your face.”
Other protesters targeted the film crew, stating “That’s disrespectful,” and “Don’t photograph the pain here.”
It was later revealed that the agitator was from out of town, as she was confronted by locals who said they were concerned over her aggressive behaviour.
“I’m concerned because you’re here in my community.” one man was heard telling the woman.
Around thirty protesters gathered on the 110 Freeway, at one point briefly stopping traffic and causing a disruption by linking hands and forming a line.
The autopsy report for Ezell Ford was released Monday, showing that before he was shot and killed back in August, he forced a police officer to the ground and attempted to grab his gun out of the holster.
The police report reads:
The officer yelled out to his partner that Mr. Ford had his gun. The officer’s partner then fired two rounds striking Mr. Ford. At about the same time, the officer on the ground while on his back grabbed his backup weapon, reached around Mr. Ford and fired one shot at close range striking Mr. Ford in the back.
The autopsy report notes that Ford had a muzzle imprint, consistent with that of the gun used by LAPD, around the back wound.
Ford’s family has embarked on a $75 million lawsuit against the city, charging that the police officers involved knew that Ford had mental issues, and possibly suffered from schizophrenia.
Ford’s parents have said their son’s death was “more like an execution than a confrontation,” according to their attorney.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.