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Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, was gunned down in South Central Los Angeles by two L.A. County sheriff’s deputies on Monday, August 31 at approximately 3:16 pm. The two deputies’ names have not yet been released as of Wednesday night.
The report filed by the LASD refers to Dijon as a suspect who was struck by gunfire and found dead at the scene. No additional information is available.
What’s interesting about this case is that there are several eye witnesses who say there is more information about the murder. Multiple residents of the area report that the deputies shot Dijon in the back while he was running away from them.
“He never had a gun. They said they heard a gun fall. What fell was his cell phone,” 31-year-old Deja Roquemore, who lives in the neighborhood where Dijon was murdered, told KABC.
What’s even more curious is, the day before the deputies claimed they shot and killed Dijon Kizzee because he was running with a gun, Spectrum News released a video showing part of a sworn testimony from Deputy Art Gonzalez stating it was, “common knowledge, where they say they [saw] a person running with a gun, but then there is never a gun recovered.”
However, the plot thickens. The murder of Dijon comes less than three months after a LA deputy from the Compton office shot and killed 18-year-old Andres Guardado. Gonzalez claims that the deputy who killed Guardado was a prospective member of the clique of deputies who work at the Compton station and call themselves “The Executioners.” Apparently “The Executioners” are an extraordinarily violent and corrupt group of non-Black Latino deputies. “Chasing ink” refers to a deputy killing a civilian in order to earn a matching tattoo that the deputy gang members all have — a half body skeleton wearing a bulletproof helmet and holding an assault rifle.
But that’s not it. In another plot twist that is even more damning to the Compton Sheriff’s office, earlier this month Compton Mayor Aja Brown revealed she was terrorized by several deputies during a traffic stop. Brown stated that while she was driving with her husband and newborn baby girl, she was pulled over by LASD and ordered her out of her car. Deputies demanded Brown put her hands on the hood of the squad car while her husband and their car were searched for drugs. Mayor Brown was released once the deputies realized that she was the mayor of the town, but even after filing a complaint, Brown claimed she did not receive any satisfactory response from the Compton Sheriff’s office.
The evidence here suggests that police brutality does not end with white police officers and Black civilians. In some areas of the county, like Compton, Black civilians, even the Black mayor, are profiled and attacked by non-white police officers.
What is it about being Black that turns non-Black folx so sour?