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Man Allegedly Broke Bike Rule, Was Shot '20+ Times'

Dijon Kizzee's death at the hands of LA County sheriff's deputies is roiling LA
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2020 12:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – Dijon Kizzee. That's the name of a 29-year-old Black man fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westmont on Monday. As of early Wednesday, the names of the deputies involved hadn't been released, despite calls from family and activists. "The deputies essentially executed a man riding his bicycle," community activist Najee Ali tells the Los Angeles Times. More:

  • Ali—also a rep for the family's lawyer, Ben Crump—says Kizzee had a gun: "But what [officers] won't say was that he was not armed with the gun. He did not point the gun." Crump, who also represents the family of Jacob Blake, says Kizzee was shot more than 20 times in the back.
  • Lt. Brandon Dean told the Times that two deputies tried to contact a man who'd been riding his bicycle in violation of vehicle codes. He didn't say what rules the man was breaking. The man dropped the bike and ran, Dean said.

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  • Once the deputies caught up, the man punched one of them in the face, Dean said. He then dropped a bundle of clothes, from which emerged a black handgun. Dean said both deputies opened fire around 3:15pm, killing the man later identified as Kizzee. At least 18 shots can be heard on footage from doorbell cameras, per CBS Los Angeles.
  • "Even when the man was [on] the ground, they shot him again," witness Alida Trejo tells the Times. She says she watched the struggle to arrest Kizzee but never observed a punch. A witness tells ABC News that Kizzee was shot with his hands up. "[Kizzee] was like, 'Hey man, don't touch me!' and then it was like boom, boom, boom," a third witness tells CBS. "There was no attempt at de-escalation."
  • The sheriff’s department said Tuesday that Kizzee had "made a motion toward the firearm." But that narrative is already in question. "All we have to go on this latest shooting is one thing: their version of it," Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, said, per the Times, demanding that LA County sheriff's deputies immediately wear body cameras. They are due to be issued in October.
  • Protesters gathered at the scene on Monday, chanting, "Say his name," "No justice, no peace," and "Black lives matter," per the Times. More than 100 people later marched to a sheriff's station. There were calls to release the names of the deputies involved during another protest on Tuesday, attended by Kizzee's aunt and Rep. Maxine Waters, per CBS.
  • "They don't kill any other race but us and this don't make any sense," Kizzee's aunt, Fletcher Fair, said Tuesday, per ABC. "We're tired. We are absolutely tired." "Despite Black Lives Matter, they are shooting and killing as if to say they're going to show us that they're not going to stop," Waters added Tuesday, per CBS.
(Read more police shooting stories.)

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