Sheriff adds details to Dijon Kizzee shooting but some questions remain
At a news briefing, sheriff's officials offered yet another version of events of what led up to the fatal shooting on August 31
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Dijon Kizzee was riding his bike on the wrong side of the street when he was stopped by two South L.A. deputies in an incident that ended with the pair firing 19 shots at him.At a news briefing, sheriff’s officials offered yet another version of events of what led up to the fatal shooting on Aug. 31 that has generated national attention and triggered days of protests.
Capt. Kent Wegener said Kizzee made a U-turn in front of deputies, dropped his bike on the sidewalk and ran.As one deputy caught up to Kizzee, Wegener said, Kizzee lifted his arms, clothes in each hand, struck a deputy in the face, and his pistol dropped to the ground.
Advertisement“He bends over, reaches, picks up the gun and is shot as he stands with the gun in hand,” Wegener said. “You will see that the deputy struggling with Kizzee does not arm himself until Kizzee bends down to pick up the gun he dropped.”Much of the altercation is caught on video that the Sheriff’s Department provided Thursday. But parts of the struggle with deputies right before the shooting, including the moment that Wegener said Kizzee picked up the gun, are partially obstructed by a wall and difficult to make out.
VIDEO | 02:25Video: Sheriff presents new narrative in Dijon Kizzee’s killingWarning: This video contains images that viewers may find disturbing. At a news briefing, sheriff’s officials offered another version of events of what led up to the fatal shooting on Aug. 31 that has generated national attention and triggered days of protests.
The new narrative conflicts in some ways with prior versions of events.AdvertisementThe night of the shooting, Lt. Brandon Dean said Kizzee had dropped a jacket he had been carrying, a handgun fell to the ground, and the shooting occurred.The next day, the Sheriff’s Department said Kizzee “made a motion toward” the gun before he was shot and killed.
When asked about the discrepancy at the news briefing, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said: “It’s not a discrepancy at all — he did make a motion towards the gun,” he said. “He actually recovered the gun and pointed it at the deputies.”When deputies are involved in a shooting, Villanueva said, they give a “public safety statement” to their supervisor — before sitting down for an official interview with homicide investigators.
Advertisement“And that is what’s first presented when they’re trying to give the preliminary information. It’s always subject to change, just like any investigation, and now when we sit down to interview the deputies in detail we get to pick apart the entire thing. And we have a lot clearer picture,” Villanueva said.
He argued the stop was justified, pointing to high crime statistics in the neighborhood.“They’re surviving almost in a war zone, as you can see,” Villanueva said. “So when somebody asks what we’re doing in this community, or why we’re stopping, why we’re detaining individuals, to give you a very clear idea what we’re doing and why we do it — we’re trying to save lives plain and simple.”
The department also released photos of the weapon they said they recovered from the scene and said they discovered a video on Kizzee’s cell phone of him with the gun — with the same serial number — in his pocket. The gun was reported stolen in Las Vegas in 2017, Wegener said.
AdvertisementBoth deputies have been interviewed by homicide investigators. The Times previously reported that the deputies involved in the shooting were a trainee and his supervisor. Kizzee sustained several wounds to the chest, both arms, one wound to the back and a grazing wound to head, Wegener said.
An attorney for Kizzee’s family, Carl Douglas, said they were disturbed by the “unspoken messages and half-truths” by sheriff’s officials Thursday. He said witnesses stated Kizzee was “standing up, with nothing in his hands when the younger deputy fired his first three shots at him.”
“It was a media-driven sideshow, designed to deflect attention from the 19 shots two sheriff deputies fired at an unarmed man,” Douglas said of Thursday’s news conference. “Nineteen shots reflect poor training, and a failure to properly assess the need for deadly force. Nineteen shots reflect contagious fire, and a fundamental lack of humanity for another living soul. Nineteen shots reflect poorly trained killers who overreacted in assessing the need to use deadly force.”
Najee Ali, a longtime community activist who has been speaking on behalf of the Kizzee family, said Villanueva is trying to “blame a Black man unjustly shot ... for his own murder by his deputies.”Advertisement“His lies concerning Kizzee are rebuffed by witnesses who were at the scene and saw Kizzee be shot with his hands in the air,” Ali said. “And the tape that Villanueva showed — it doesn’t show Kizzee pointing his gun at anyone.”
Kizzee’s family and activists have said the shooting wasn’t warrante, and his killing sparked days of demonstrations that ended with sheriff’s deputies firing pepper balls and rubber bullets into the crowds. Read more: Los Angeles Times »
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Definitely need to ketchup on the details... “Questions remain”: Yeah like why did he punch the cop in the face and reach for his stolen gun? Did he steal the gun in Las Vegas? What were his previous convictions that made it illegal for him to possess any gun? Should he still have been in prison? Don’t pick up a gun while being chased by the police and see if that helps 🤷♂️
He was a criminal who cares 🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄
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