The two LA District Sheriff's MPs involved in the fatal shooting of Dijon Kizzee, whose death sparked the protests on Monday, were identified as trainees and his supervisor, according to two sources with knowledge of the case.
The sheriff's department declined to name her, saying Thursday morning that the "staff involved" had not yet been interviewed by homicide investigators.
Coroner officials have determined that Kizzee died from gunshot wounds. The full autopsy report shows how many times he's been hit and where on his body. It won't be finalized until investigators get the results of the toxicological texts, a spokeswoman said.
Lawyers representing Kizzee's family said he was shot 15 times while running away.
The encounter began Monday afternoon when the two deputies from the South Los Angeles train station discovered a man who was later identified by coroners as Kizzee and rode a bicycle in violation of vehicle regulations. The sheriff's department said they did not know which violations triggered the first stop because the MPs were not interviewed.
Brandon Dean said when MPs tried to contact Kizzee dropped the bike and ran. They followed him and tried again to contact him on the 1200 block on West 109th Place. Dean said Kizzee punched one of them in the face.
Kizzee dropped a jacket he was wearing and a gun fell to the floor, officials said. The sheriff's department said he made "a move towards" the gun and MPs opened fire and killed him.
A video of the encounter received by The Times shows a physical battle between Kizzee and the MPs before Kizzee tries to escape and falls to the ground. A wall and fence obscure the entire scene, including where Kizzee's jacket falls.
His family and activists said the shooting was not justified. It comes amid a spate of protests in recent months against police killing of blacks, including George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The family's lawyers said law enforcement officers often use bicycle code violations to justify stopping after a shooting or other violence occurred.
"What we often find in these cases is a vague excuse to justify what is ultimately a terrible act," said attorney Carl Douglas.
A spokesman for the sheriff's department disagreed with the characterization.
"If a vehicle code violation is used as a basis for lawful incarceration, there is no need to further justify a stop. This is already justified," said Lt. John Satterfield.
Meanwhile, the county's inspector general Max Huntsman said the department had ignored his office's request to be included in the autopsy. He was allowed to be present during the autopsy at another controversial shooting, that of teenager Andres Guardado. Huntsman and the department argued over his oversight of the agency.