Autopsy in Dijon Kizzee shooting released

The autopsy results from the police-involved shooting of Dijon Kizzee have been released. 

The report confirms that the 29-year-old black man was shot sixteen times by Los Angeles deputies before he died, the Washington Examiner reported.

Police: Kizzee had concealed gun

Kizzee got into a fatal encounter with police on August 31 after they attempted to detain him for riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the street. He fled before getting into a scuffle with the cops.

The autopsy, released Friday, says that Kizzee died in a homicide from multiple gunshot wounds, and that he received “rapidly life-threatening wounds” to the “heart, lungs, liver, and left kidney.” A toxicology report found that he had marijuana and PCP in his system.

The incident and the pursuit leading up to it were captured on video from multiple angles. Kizzee is seen in one clip running on foot with a bundle of clothing, in which a gun was apparently concealed. In another, he can be seen bending over moments before the shooting.

At a September press conference, the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department said that Kizzee was shot after he had punched an officer and reached for a loaded, illegal handgun that he had dropped. They found a 9mm pistol loaded with fifteen rounds at the scene.

“At one point, Kizzee’s pistol drops to the ground, he bends over, reaches, picks up the gun and is shot while he stands with the gun in hand,” Captain Kent Wegener said.

Controversy, outrage persists

Police also said that the gun was stolen and that Kizzee was not supposed to have a firearm, citing a record that includes a restraining order and felony convictions.

But Kizzee’s family and activists claim that Kizzee was unarmed and that he was gunned down in an act of police brutality.

According to the autopsy, Kizzee was shot 16 times, including in the chest, back, neck, shoulder and forearm.

The incident, which came after months of unrest sparked by the police-involved death of George Floyd, led to fresh protests and violent clashes in Los Angeles last month.

“They were throwing chunks of concrete, bricks, and rocks at deputies,” said Deputy Morgan Arteaga of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

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