LAPPL Issues Statement on Ezell Ford

Los Angeles, June 9, 2015 — In response to the recent announcements made by various individuals and organizations regarding the Ezell Ford officer involved shooting, Craig Lally, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League issued the following statement on behalf of the League:

“We fully support Chief Beck's findings that the officers involved in the Ezell Ford shooting were justified and their actions were in policy. Chief Beck's findings were based on facts presented and his over 40 years of law enforcement. Every day LAPD officers are put directly in harm’s way as they face complex situations, unthinkable dangers and split-second decisions all in an effort to protect the citizens of Los Angeles. On the other hand, we are extremely disappointed in the findings of the Police Commission. Unfortunately they allowed the protesters and external political influences to impact their judgment, resulting in a determination that was purely political and self-serving. We believe the Commission’s decision was irresponsible and reckless and was solely made to avoid civil unrest.”

“No officer goes to work with the intent of using deadly force. Officers may be compelled to use force when there is an objectively reasonable certainty that there could be injury to themselves or someone else. In the case of Ezell Ford, the only reason one would attempt to take an officer’s weapon is to use it against the officer, his partner or an innocent bystander. As tragic as this situation is law enforcement officers, including those involved in this matter, still must maintain the right to defend their life or the life of another. It's a sad day when our officers are faced with criticism for protecting themselves and others from a suspect who attempted to take their weapon. It is also disheartening that more times than not decisions are made based on external political forces and not the facts at hand.”

Contact: Burson-Marsteller at (213) 292-1003

About the LAPPL: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at www.LAPD.com.