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New autopsy of gunned-down unarmed Black man Ezell Ford raises major questions

A new autopsy report released by the Los Angeles Police Department Monday in the police shooting of an unarmed black man in August is raising a lot of questions in an already-problematic case of potential police brutality.

When LAPD officers fatally shot 25-year-old unarmed black man Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles on Aug. 11, police claimed that Ford, who had a history of mental illness, had struggled with the officers and tried to steal one of their guns. According to the police, this led to their shooting Ford in self-defense. 

But the L.A. Times reports that new autopsy results released on Monday indicate that Ford was shot three times, with individual bullets entering him on his right side, his left arm and his right back. The last had “muzzle imprint,” indicating it was shot from close range.