LA Cops Shoot And Kill Dijon Kizzee Following Alleged ‘Bicycle Code Violation’

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By NewsOne Staff

Police in Los Angeles on Monday shot and killed a Black man after officers stopped him while riding a bike for what was being described as a “bicycle code violation,” sparking a night of protests in California’s biggest city.

The victim was identified as Dijon Kizzee and witnesses have reportedly blamed the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) for overreacting.

However, the LASD attempted to justify the killing by claiming when they accosted the 29-year-old, he dropped a gun, ran away and ultimately assaulted an officer before he was shot. There is graphic cell phone footage on social media showing portions of the encounter, which prompted protests into Tuesday morning.

The LASD said Kizzee was carrying an armful of clothes but that he dropped them before he fled, revealing a gun among the apparent laundry. It was unclear if riding a bike while carrying the clothes was the purported violation Kizzee was stopped for, but one witness told CBS Los Angeles that he posed no threat to the officers.

“He had a towel and he had his clothes and his pants couldn’t even stay up, so that’s what made him slow down so they had enough to get him,” the woman who granted anonymity said. “They didn’t have to shoot him more than 5 times, they could have shot him one time in the leg.”

She continued: “What’s the use of having the prison system if y’all are just gonna kill us? What are y’all here for? Who are you protecting?”

Police offered a different narrative with varying chronology.

“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.”

The Los Angeles Times reported the sequence of events happening a bit differently:

“When the deputies attempted to contact the man, he dropped the bicycle and ran north on Budlong for one block with deputies in pursuit, Dean said. In the 1200 block of West 109th Place, deputies again tried to make contact with the man, and he punched one of them in the face, Dean said.

“In doing so, the man dropped a bundle of clothing he had been carrying. The deputies spotted a black handgun in the bundle, Dean said, and both opened fire, killing the man.”

According to the Open Source Intelligence news website, “at least 2 officers began unloading their weapons” after “Kizzee panicked, punched one officer, and started fleeing. While running away, Dijon dropped his clothes, and in the process, a black semiautomatic handgun fell to the ground with the articles of clothing.”

LASD said reports of as many as 20 shots being fired were untrue.

The identity of the officers involved in Kizzee’s killing was not immediately revealed.

Protesters took to the streets and marched to LASD headquarters after the shooting and chanted phrases like “Black Lives Matter,” “Say his name” and “No justice, no peace.”

It was unclear where on his body Kizzee was shot, but one consistency with the differing narratives is that he was struck while running away, suggesting he could have been hit in the back.

Kizzee’s death is the most recent instance of apparently preventable police violence against Black people and follows last week’s shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake, also 29, was shot in the back multiple times while attempting to enter his vehicle on Aug. 23.

This is America.

This article originally appeared on NewsOne.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe the police handcuff him after they kill him because they have fear his going to wake up like a zombie and eat them .God this world is upside down. He was needing first aid assistance. Police officers are so tired and so exhausted so worry and loses so fast that they can’t think well. They making mistakes over and over again. They are making critical decisions to fast. Maybe he have a gun and they already know that’s why they go behind him. And if he have a gun in that moment, i think he can be considered a threat to the public.

  2. This is police brutality it’s to bad the government isn’t doing anything about it. The police are using scare tactics to kill, action causes reaction i would run to especially if I was pulled over for no reason “bike violation my ass”!!!! This is some personal vendetta/racism and not enough police training, its devastating our country is turning into a one world order thanks to trump and some of the Governers!!! I thought the police were not suppose to use deadly force they dont even abide the law take there damn badge throw them police in jail and loose the key like you would with any murderer! Whoever trains and hires the police is also sick in the head. I wish this would all stop. I wish I had a larger foundation so my opinion would count. Pray for a change. Get rid of these sick ass police re-hire ones that wanna by the books. It’s devastating!!!!!!!!! The police should be helping we shouldn’t have to be scared to walk or ride a bike down the road pathetic!!! protect and serve its a lie. Most are to trigger happy take there guns throw them out on the streets like the dogs they are. I’m not talking about every officer I would assume 50 percent are ok and there other I said what I would do… what would you do?

  3. Apparently Helen is unaware that the 2nd Amendment applies to African Americans. I wonder if she thinks that the 17 year old walking down the streets of Kenosha, pass curfew with an ILLEGAL assault rife a danger to the public??????Answer: Kenosha police didn’t

  4. Even if he was under investigation or called in on for a warrant. If he has a record as a convicted felon and therefore violated his probation by having a weapon on his person. It was a normal reaction to run. But he didn’t run firing at the officers. Yet it is reported that he punched one?

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