Dijon Kizzee shooting: Was LA cyclist executed? Internet says ‘country we live in is no longer America’

Lawyers representing the Kizzee family stated that the 29-year-old man had sustained 15 gunshot wounds fired by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


                            Dijon Kizzee shooting: Was LA cyclist executed? Internet says ‘country we live in is no longer America’
Debra Ray aunt of Dijon Kizzee (Getty Images)

In a startling revelation, lawyers representing the family of Dijon Kizzee stated that the 29-year-old man had sustained 15 gunshot wounds fired by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The revelations are a product of an independent autopsy commissioned by the family of Kizzee and conducted by Dr. John Hiserodt. Citing the findings of the autopsy, attorney Carl Douglas made certain assertions on Tuesday, September 22 in a news conference. 

He said that deputies fired some of the shots when Kizzee was already on the ground but the gunfire didn’t immediately kill him. He further showed a body diagram depicting the entry point of each wound during the conference. "You can tell by the audio of the shooting that there were three or four shots, and then a pause, and 15 additional shots", the lawyer said. 

He added, "What this shows is he was alive and breathing and writhing in pain when the officers continued to stay away,” stating that deputies did not render any aid during those critical moments as Kizzee struggled for life on Aug. 31.  

Debra Ray (L), aunt of Dijon Kizzee, is embraced after speaking near a makeshift memorial where Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, was killed by Los Angeles sheriff's deputies in South Los Angeles on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Protesters marched to the South Los Angeles Sheriffs' Station to demonstrate for a second day after Kizzee was killed in an altercation after being stopped by police while riding his bicycle. (Getty Images)

Douglas' statement added, "The deputies who fired their weapons called for back-up, and spent several critical minutes waiting for back-up to arrive, while Dijon was bleeding to death in the street. The independent autopsy supports my contention that this shooting was an execution, plain and simple."

While he made the assertions showing the diagram, Kizzee’s family members stood in wearing face masks imprinted with, “Justice for Dijon Kizzee,” during the conference. Douglas mentioned that witnesses reported that Kizzee did not have anything in his hands when he was shot. Further, the witnesses also stated that deputies did not try to de-escalate the encounter or give warnings before shooting, Douglas said. However, the lawyer did not identify the witnesses.

A woman lights candles at a makeshift memorial where Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old black man, was killed by Los Angeles sheriff's deputies in South Los Angeles on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Protesters marched to the South Los Angeles Sheriffs' Station to demonstrate for a second day after Kizzee was killed in an altercation after being stopped by police while riding his bicycle. (Getty Images)

The news conference comes a week after Sheriff Alex Villanueva and other police officials mentioned details of what caused the shooting. They stated, as LA Times reported, that Kizzee was riding his bike on the wrong side of the street when he was stopped by two deputies from the South LA station. Sheriffs said Kizzee made a U-turn in front of deputies, dropped his bike on the sidewalk, and began to ran. My News LA reported that after he was stopped, he allegedly punched one deputy then tried to run away and dropped clothing items containing a firearm. The site further adds Sheriff’s officials have mentioned he made a motion toward the gun, but Kizzee’s family and community activists have accused the deputies of shooting an unarmed man in the back.

A woman places a poster with a photo of Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old black man who was killed by police, in front of a line of Los Angeles sheriff's deputies at the South Los Angeles Sheriffs' station on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Protesters marched to the station to protest for a second day after Kizzee was killed in an altercation after being stopped by police while riding his bicycle. (Getty Images)

Los Angeles Times reported that the narrative of police conflicts in some ways with prior versions of the incident they have presented. Sheriff’s officials had previously mentioned that the shooting happened after the gun fell on the ground. Later, they said it occurred when Kizzee “made a motion” toward the gun, the site reported. 

Whichever the case may be, the shooting incident has sparked rage and protest across the nation. With the current revelations from the autopsy report facilitated by the victim’s family, the Internet has been fuming over the police brutality. Many call out LA County' Sheriffs’ behavior while others say there is a lack of law and order which is why one must vote wisely in elections. A user dismayed over the news wrote, “The country we live in is no longer America. 15 times. One time is enough to incapacitate an individual. What would warrant 15 shots? and stand for those who are racially profiled.” 



 

A user brought in politics and elections over the shooting incident. “Gestapo just shot 15 times into an unarmed cyclist. This is why I'm voting for Biden. I am never a fan of unpatriotic & anti-American Capitalism.” One wrote against the sheriffs. "Appalling behavior by LA County' Sheriffs.” Another concurred lashing at cops' version of the story. “This is total B.S. The cops’ story only changes in ways that benefit the cops. These cops are lying and that hurts good cops, makes them less safe and undermines their credibility. So people are less willing to talk to any cops. When will good cops stand up to the bad ones?” 

However, some held the victim as guilty. “Adding details doesn't change the fundamentals of the story. This became a life or death situation as soon as Dijon Kizzee made the fateful decision he wasn't going back to prison -and was willing to kill, or die, instead. Clearly justified.”



 



 

 



 



 

Dijon Kizzee, a cyclist was shot and killed in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westmont on August 31, 2020 by deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.These allegations were made by the internet and individual organizations, MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) cannot confirm them independently and nor does it support these claims being made on the Internet.

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