Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s deputies fatally shot Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, during a confrontation Monday afternoon in South LA, sparking protests at the scene.
The sheriffâ€™s department says that at about 3:15 p.m. local time two deputies tried to stop Kizzee, who was riding a bicycle â€œin violation of vehicle codes.â€
When they approached him, he got off the bicycle and ran.
Sheriffâ€™s Lt. Brandon Dean told reporters that deputies caught up to the suspect about a block away, and when they approached him, the man punched one of the deputies in the face and dropped items of clothing he had been carrying.
It was at that point deputies â€œnoticed that inside the clothing items he dropped was a black semiautomatic handgun,â€ and thatâ€™s when both deputies opened fire, shooting the man several times, Dean said.
Investigators recovered a handgun from the scene.
The man, later identified by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coronerâ€™s Office as Kizzee, was pronounced dead at the scene; an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Neither deputy was injured, Dean said.
Activist Najee Ali, who is representing the family as is attorney Ben Crump, denies that Kizzee was a threat at the time of the shooting.
â€œBeing in possession of a gun, but actually using a gun, having it in your hands are two different things,â€ Ali said, adding â€œhe did not point the gunâ€ at officers.
An undated photo of Dijon Kizzee, provided by his family.
The family is calling for Sheriff Alex Villanueva to release names of the deputies and for their â€œarrest and criminal prosecution,â€ as well as body cameras to be implemented throughout the force.
â€œIâ€™m sad and mad at the same time,â€ Kizzeeâ€™s aunt Fletcher Fair said in a news conference.
â€œThis is not America. This is ridiculous. I donâ€™t know what, what kind of society â€¦ We are human. I donâ€™t give a damn what race you are. We are human beings.â€
The District Attorneyâ€™s Office and Office of the Inspector General are assisting in the investigation.
Kizzeeâ€™s death comes amid public protests over the August 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and the May death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after an officer knelt on his neck.
Police not wearing body cameras
Dean said the deputies have yet to be interviewed and were not wearing body cameras, which are not set to be rolled out until the fall, according to CNN affiliate KABC.
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $25 million to the sheriffâ€™s department for body cameras.
Villanueva has estimated that it will take about 18 months to fully implement them.
Following the shooting, the activist group Black Lives Matter L.A. tweeted a call for protesters to gather in the area.
CNN affiliate KCBS/KCAL estimated as many as 100 demonstrators were at the scene Monday evening, chanting demands for justice.
Protesters gather in front of Los Angeles County Sheriffâ€™s deputies on Monday night.
â€œHow many more times do we have to gather out here, mourning the loss of our brothers and sisters,â€ one protester toldÂ KCBS/KCAL.