Video shows deadly deputy shooting of Black cyclist in L.A.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A grainy video shows a Black man stopped while riding a bicycle struggling with a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. But it doesn’t confirm whether he reached toward a dropped gun before being shot and killed, as authorities contend.

Monday afternoon’s killing of Dijon Kizzee, 29, in South Los Angeles follows several other shootings of Black men that have sparked protests around the nation. They include the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed last month in his hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, the Blake family’s lawyer, announced Wednesday that he also is representing Kizzee’s relatives and called the shooting a ”despicable and tragic killing.”

“When officers shoot first and ask questions later, precious lives are lost and police lose credibility and trust from those they are sworn to protect,” Crump said in a statement.

29 PHOTOSThe police killing of Dijon KizzeeSee GalleryThe police killing of Dijon KizzeeA woman holds a “Dijon Kizee Rest in Power” memento as activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020 – Family members of those killed by law enforcement personnel spoke during the protest, including the partner of Dijon Kizzee who was killed by sheriff’s deputies two nights ago on the evening of August 31 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)Jonetta Ewing (C), the partner of the late Dijon Kizee who was killed by sheriff’s deputies, breaks down while addressing the crowd of activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020 – Family members of those killed by law enforcement personnel spoke during the protest, including the partner of Dijon Kizzee, who was killed by sheriff’s deputies two nights ago on the evening of August 31 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)Jonetta Ewing (C), the partner of the late Dijon Kizee who was killed by sheriff’s deputies, breaks down while addressing the crowd of activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020 – Family members of those killed by law enforcement personnel spoke during the protest, including the partner of Dijon Kizzee, who was killed by sheriff’s deputies two nights ago on the evening of August 31 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)A woman holds a “Dijon Kizee Rest in Power” memento as activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020 – Family members of those killed by law enforcement personnel spoke during the protest, including the partner of Dijon Kizzee who was killed by sheriff’s deputies two nights ago on the evening of August 31 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)Activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020. – Family members of those killed by law enforcement personnel spoke during the protest, including the partner of Dijon Kizzee who was killed by sheriff’s deputies two nights ago on the evening of August 31 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)Jonetta Ewing (C), the partner of the late Dijon Kizee who was killed by sheriff’s deputies, breaks down while addressing the crowd of activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020 – Family members of those killed by law enforcement personnel spoke during the protest, including the partner of Dijon Kizzee, who was killed by sheriff’s deputies two nights ago on the evening of August 31 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)Activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020. – Family members of those killed by law enforcement personnel spoke during the protest, including the partner of Dijon Kizzee who was killed by sheriff’s deputies two nights ago on the evening of August 31 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: People gather near a makeshift memorial where 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. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)A woman holds a “Dijon Kizee Rest in Power” memento as activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020 – Family members of those killed by law enforcement personnel spoke during the protest, including the partner of Dijon Kizzee who was killed by sheriff’s deputies two nights ago on the evening of August 31 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)Activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020. – Family members of those killed by law enforcement personnel spoke during the protest, including the partner of Dijon Kizzee who was killed by sheriff’s deputies two nights ago on the evening of August 31 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains obscene gesture) A man gestures in front of the South Los Angeles Sheriffs’ Station on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, was killed by Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies in South Los Angeles. 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. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 01: A man places a candle at a makeshift memorial where Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot dead 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 shot and killed in an altercation after being stopped by police while riding his bicycle. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: A woman raises a fist in support as protesters march towards the South Los Angeles Sheriffs’ Station on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, was killed by Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies in South Los Angeles. 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. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 01:Dijon Kizzee’s aunt Sheila Jackson (R) listens to speakers near a makeshift memorial where Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot dead 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 station to demonstrate for a second day after Kizzee was shot and killed in an altercation after being stopped by police while riding his bicycle. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 01: People gather and light 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. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: A Los Angeles Metro transit bus displays a hashtag “NoMoreNames” on a street near the South Los Angeles Sheriffs’ Station on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, was killed by Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies in South Los Angeles. 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. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: A man who identifies himself as the uncle of Dijon Kizzee, Lamont, grieves at a makeshift memorial where 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. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 01: 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. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 01:Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies keep watch at the South Los Angeles Sheriffs’ station as protesters demonstrate nearby against the death of Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old black man who was shot and killed by police, 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. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 01: People place candles at a makeshift memorial where Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old black man, was shot and 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. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 01:A woman touches 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. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)TOPSHOT – People place candles at a makeshift memorial on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California at the location where Dijon Kizzee was shot and killed on August 31 by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies. – Protesters were to hit the streets of Los Angeles on September 1, after police officers shot and killed a black man during a violent confrontation. The man, identified as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, was riding his bicycle on August 31 in a south Los Angeles neighborhood when deputies tried to stop him for a code violation, according to the sheriff’s department. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)Sheriff’s in riot gear stand in front of the South L.A. Sheriff’s Station on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, as protestors demand justice for Dijon Kizzee who was shot and killed the previous day by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies. – Protesters were to hit the streets of Los Angeles on September 1, after police officers shot and killed a black man during a violent confrontation. The man, identified as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, was riding his bicycle on August 31 in a south Los Angeles neighborhood when deputies tried to stop him for a code violation, according to the sheriff’s department. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)A man holds a sign pleading for justice at a makeshift memorial on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, at the location where Dijon Kizzee was shot and killed the previous day by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies. – Protesters were to hit the streets of Los Angeles on September 1, after police officers shot and killed a black man during a violent confrontation. The man, identified as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, was riding his bicycle on August 31 in a south Los Angeles neighborhood when deputies tried to stop him for a code violation, according to the sheriff’s department. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)Debra Ray (C), aunt of Dijon Kizzee, is hugged after speaking to protesters gathered at a makeshift memorial on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, at the location where Dijon Kizzee was shot and killed the previous day by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies. – Protesters were to hit the streets of Los Angeles on September 1, after police officers shot and killed a black man during a violent confrontation. The man, identified as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, was riding his bicycle on August 31 in a south Los Angeles neighborhood when deputies tried to stop him for a code violation, according to the sheriff’s department. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)A man holds a sign stating “How Many More?” at a makeshift memorial on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, at the location where Dijon Kizzee was shot and killed the previous day by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies. – Protesters were to hit the streets of Los Angeles on September 1, after police officers shot and killed a black man during a violent confrontation. The man, identified as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, was riding his bicycle on August 31 in a south Los Angeles neighborhood when deputies tried to stop him for a code violation, according to the sheriff’s department. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)Fletcher Fair, (C), the aunt of Dijon Kizzee who was fatally shot yesterday by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, is accompanied by activist Najee Ali (L) as she speaks at a press conference on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, at the location where Kizzee was shot. – US police have shot dead another black man, who they said had a handgun but had dropped it during a violent altercation in Los Angeles, triggering fresh outrage as tensions soar over racism and police brutality. The man, named in local media as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, was riding his bicycle when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies tried to stop him for an unspecified vehicle code violation on August 31, 2020 afternoon. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)Debra Ray, aunt of Dijon Kizzee, cries after speaking to protesters gathered on September 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, California near the location where he was shot and killed on August 31 by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputies. – Protesters were to hit the streets of Los Angeles on September 1, after police officers shot and killed a black man during a violent confrontation. The man, identified as 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee, was riding his bicycle on August 31 in a south Los Angeles neighborhood when deputies tried to stop him for a code violation, according to the sheriff’s department. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: Protesters look on as a man who identifies himself as the uncle of Dijon Kizzee, Lamont, grieves at a makeshift memorial where 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. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)Up Next

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Kizzee was riding a bicycle when sheriff’s deputies tried to stop him for an unspecified traffic violation, according to an account from the Sheriff’s Department.

Kizzee dropped the bike and ran before deputies caught up to him. The Sheriff’s Department account said he punched a deputy in the face.

A 41-second video obtained by the Los Angeles Timesshows a police SUV stop in a street. A deputy gets out, runs around a parked car and appears to try to grab Kizzee as he walks down the sidewalk. They tussle, standing, and move down the street together for several seconds. Kizzee appears to throw a punch, although the view is too unclear to confirm whether he struck the deputy.

The video then shows Kizzee breaking free, stumbling and falling to the ground. A second deputy arrives. Within about 2 seconds, they repeatedly open fire.

Sheriff’s officials have said a gun fell out when Kizzee dropped a jacket as he fell to the ground and he “made a motion” for the weapon — prompting the shooting.

But on the video, a fence obstructs the view at that period in the sequence of events.

The Sheriff’s Department provided no new information about the case on Wednesday.

Authorities haven’t said how many times Kizzee was shot. The video had no audio.

There isn’t any body camera footage

However, the Times said another video from a front-door camera that didn’t show the shooting recorded the sound of 15 gunshots over a 10-second period.

There isn’t any body camera footage because deputies in the nation’s largest sheriff’s department aren’t equipped with them. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved funding, and the first group of deputies will be equipped with cameras next month.

Kizzee’s relatives have described him as devoted to his late mother and 18-year-old brother. They said he was an energetic man who loved go-karts, cars and music and that he was working toward becoming a plumber.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva offered his condolences to Kizzee’s relatives on Tuesday, who he said includes a cousin who is a Sheriff’s Department member.

Residents on bicycles in communities of color are regularly stopped for supposed vehicle violations, said Donny Joubert, vice president of the Watts Gang Task Force group in Los Angeles that was created to reduce gang violence and improve community relations with police.

White cyclists in wealthy neighborhoods rarely face the same treatment, Joubert said.

“They’ll pull you over on a skateboard,” Joubert said. “It means our kids can’t even ride a bike in their community without being blamed for something or being accused of something.”

The office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who represents the district where Kizzee was shot, has not received complaints alleging police harassment of Black bicyclists. But Ridley-Thomas said he heard similar accounts anecdotally following Kizzee’s death.

“It is not something with which those who are involved in criminal justice reform and representing clients are unfamiliar,” he said.

Statistics nationwide show that “biking while Black” can result in disproportionate citations for people of color. A 2015 Tampa Bay Times investigation revealing that eight out of 10 bicyclists ticketed by Tampa police were Black prompted a federal probe.

A Chicago Tribune review in 2017 found that more than twice as many citations were written in African-American communities than in white or Latino areas.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did not provide statistics regarding bicycle stops and citations on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Police Department’s figures do not break down vehicle stops by category.

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