(LOS ANGELES) — Two Los Angeles deputies fatally shot a black man who they claim scuffled with them after they tried to stop him for riding a bicycle in an unlawful manner, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said.
Although the victim wasn’t identified by police, family members at the scene identified the man as Dijon Kizzee, 29, CBS-Los Angeles reported.
The LA BLM branch tweeted: “Los Angeles County Sheriffs killed a Black man…Dijon…on 109th and Budlong and left his body facedown in the dirt.
“We need all hands on deck. Please get here ASAP!”
According to Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean, two deputies from the South Los Angeles station were driving when they saw a man riding his bicycle in violation of vehicle codes. It was not known which codes the man allegedly broke, Dean said.
When deputies tried to stop the man, he dropped his bike and ran, with deputies in pursuit, Dean said. Deputies again tried to make contact with the man, and Dean said he punched a deputy in the face. The man then dropped a bundle of clothes he’d been carrying and they spotted a black handgun in the bundle, at which point both deputies opened fire, Dean said.
The officers then opened fire. Kizzee was pronounced dead at the scene.
His name is Dijon Kizzee, he was initially stopped by police for a ‘bicycle code violation.’— B L A C K C L O U D ⛈ (@blac_kloud) September 1, 2020
LASD says the shooting happened after the man punched one of the deputies and dropped a handful of clothing he had been carrying, causing a black handgun to fall to the ground pic.twitter.com/FtTZxLwli3
“Our suspect was holding some items of clothing in his hands, punched one of the officers in the face and then dropped the items in his hands,” Lt. Brandon Dean said. “The deputies noticed that inside the clothing items that he dropped was a black semiautomatic handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
Lt Dean said he was unable to confirm how many times the man had been hit as they had been unable to move the body, adding: “We still have to conduct our interviews of the investigating officers to see exactly what happened and transpired during the deputy-involved-shooting.”
In response to a comment on the deadly use of force he said: “But if this individual was reaching for a semi-automatic handgun, I would suggest that, you know, that’s probably why deadly force was important.”
More than 100 people marched to a sheriff’s station on Imperial Highway in protest of the shooting of Dijon Kizzee. Some said they didn’t think the shooting was justified while others chanted, “Say his name” and “No justice, no peace” the Times reported.