• Los Angeles police officers deemed justified in black man's slaying: L.

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    The Los Angeles police chief and an independent watchdog have
    determined two patrolmen were justified in the shooting death of
    unarmed black man Ezell Ford last year, the L.A. Times newspaper
    reported on Friday, citing unidentified sources.

    Department investigators found evidence indicating Ford had
    struggled for control of one of the patrolmen's gun, supporting
    the account the officers gave after the incident, the newspaper
    cited two sources as saying.

    The department's inspector general, Alex Bustamante, also found
    the shooting justified, but faulted the officers for the manner
    in which they approached Ford in the moments before the
    shooting, the Times reported, citing the sources.

    Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Jane Kim said the
    department would not offer any comment ahead of a Police
    Commission meeting on Tuesday, when the civilian watchdog group
    is scheduled to weigh the use of deadly force and the officers'

    The newspaper said Beck will recommend to the oversight
    commission that the officers be cleared of wrongdoing.

    Bustamante will recommend the panel fault the officers for their
    tactics based on the findings of his own investigation. The
    board makes a final ruling, the newspaper said.

    Two officers shot Ezell Ford, who was 25 and described by family
    attorneys as mentally challenged, on Aug. 11 last year after he
    struggled with one of them and tried to grab the policeman's
    holstered service revolver.

    Ford's death came two days after the fatal police shooting of
    unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, that
    triggered a wave of protests alleging excessive use of force by

    Ford's death was also greeted with street demonstrations and the
    family filed a federal lawsuit over the shooting, seeking $75
    million in damages.

    In March, Ford's parents filed a second lawsuit against the
    police department and city, alleging their son was targeted for
    excessive force because of his skin color.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/06/us-usa-police-shooting- losangeles-idUSKBN0OM03120150606

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