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LA chief, watchdog find police shooting justified



Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles Police Department source says the police chief and the department's independent watchdog have found that a fatal close-range shooting of a 25-year-old black man by officers last year was justified.

However, the findings by Chief Charlie Beck and the inspector general are only recommendations to the Police Commission, which will determine whether the shooting of Ezell Ford was within department policy.

They were confirmed to The Associated Press Friday by a Police Department employee with knowledge of the investigation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to release the findings.

The chief and inspector general both found that evidence supported the officers' contention that they shot Ford because he was trying to grab an officer's gun. That evidence included Ford's DNA on the gun.

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