Calls for demonstrations on Tuesday were launched in Los Angeles to denounce the death of a black man killed the day before by the police, who claim he was armed with a pistol, in a general climate of tension rekindled by the case Jacob blake
Calls for demonstrations on Tuesday were launched in Los Angeles to denounce the death of a black man killed the day before by the police, who claim he was armed with a pistol, in a general climate of tension rekindled by the case Jacob Blake.
The victim, identified as Dijon Kizzee, 29, was riding a bicycle Monday afternoon in a southern Los Angeles neighborhood when the sheriff's men tried to stop him for a traffic violation.
However, the Los Angeles sheriff's services did not specify at this stage what offense he was charged with.
According to the authorities' account, he "ran away" after leaving his bicycle behind.
The police managed to catch up with him.
It was then, Lt. Brandon Dean told reporters, that the young African American "punched one of the officers in the face."
The suspect dropped a pile of clothes in his hand.
"Officers noticed that a black semi-automatic pistol was inside the pile of clothes," the lieutenant continued.
The police then fired.
The man, hit by several bullets, died on the spot.
"He was in possession of a firearm and attacked an officer," Lt. Dean insisted, indicating that an investigation had been opened.
Lawyer Ben Crump, who represents the family, called possible witnesses to contact him.
“They say he ran, dropped clothes and gun,” Mr. Crump tweeted.
"He didn't pick it up, but the police shot him in the back more than 20 times and then left him there for hours."
A woman who said she witnessed the tragedy told AFP that she yelled at the police "don't shoot him, don't shoot him!"
when they were pursuing Dijon Kizzee, who lived in the neighborhood.
"They were trying to grab him and take away what he was holding, then he turned to run away and they gave him a taser in the leg," added Deja, who did not not wanted to give his last name.
"He turned around and they shot him," says the resident.
Around 100 people gathered at the scene Monday evening, according to local media, as the anti-racist protest movement was revived in the United States after a white policeman shot a black man seven times in the back. in Kenosha, Wisconsin.