Deadly police shootings, Mental Health, mental health and black men, Wrongful Convictions

Los Angeles police shot to death higher numbers of the mentally ill and disproportionate numbers of blacks

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The Los Angeles police last year fatally shot a higher number of people suffering from mental illness compared with previous years, according to the LAPD’s “Use of Force Year End Review and Executive Summary for 2015.”

Mural of Ezell Ford, Jr. He was both black and mentally ill, targets for the Los Angeles police. Police shot him to death August 11, 2015. He was one of five mentally ill men shot by Los Angeles police in 2014.
Mural of Ezell Ford, Jr. He was both black and mentally ill, targets for the Los Angeles police. Police shot him to death August 11, 2015. He was one of five mentally ill men shot to beath by Los Angeles police in 2014.

Fourteen of a total of 38 LAPD fatal shootings involved men with signs of mental illness. This number is up from five in 2014, which was down from 10 in 2013.

Many of the mentally ill who were shot to death were homeless.

African Americans, who represent less than 10 percent of Los Angeles’ population, died from fatal shootings by police in much higher numbers than their percentage of the population.

African Americans comprised 9 percent of Los Angeles’s population of 4 million but black men and women constituted 21 percent of the victims of deadly shootings.

Last year, Hispanic cops were involved in 34 percent of fatal shootings, the highest number in the department. White officers were involved in 29 percent, African Americans and Asian/Pacific Islanders were involved 6 percent, according to the report.

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