LAPD chief faces tense crowd over shooting of mentally ill man


Hundreds of people gathered at Paradise Baptist Church in South L.A. for a community forum with Chief Charlie Beck and other LAPD officials on the fatal shooting of Ezell Ford. (Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times)

The atmosphere in a South Los Angeles church was at times tense Tuesday night as residents and activists peppered Los Angeles police officials with questions about two officers’ fatal shooting of a mentally ill man.

Pictures of Ezell Ford dotted the Paradise Baptist Church, where a crowd of more than 200 people often shouted and interrupted Police Chief Charlie Beck as he tried to address concerns surrounding the investigation into Ford’s death.

Beck emphasized that the investigation was only a week old, saying that officials had not yet gathered all the facts. But the crowd grew frustrated when he declined to share information such as the names of the officers involved or why they had stopped Ford.

Written by KATE MATHER
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