Los Angeles, December 29, 2014 — In response to the attempted murder of two LAPD officers in South Los Angeles last night and the LAPD release of the Ezell Ford autopsy, Tyler Izen, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, released the following statement:
“Last night, there was an ambush and attempted murder of two LAPD officers in 77th Area by what appears to be suspects who simply wanted to kill police officers. This blatant violence should outrage Los Angeles residents and the community at large, as much as it does law enforcement across the nation. Anyone who is willing to murder a law enforcement officer threatens the fundamental fabric of our society, and that should terrify the community. Murdering police officers is not a form of protest, it is an affront to all citizens and to public safety, and it should not be tolerated at any level, by anyone.”
“Regarding the autopsy results released today, we want to remind everyone that the results provide only one set of facts among many hundreds being collected and assessed in the ongoing investigation concerning Ezell Ford. Until that investigation concludes we cannot, by law, comment on the specifics of this case.”
“LAPD officers are put directly in harm’s way every day as they face complex situations, unthinkable dangers and split second decisions while protecting the residents of Los Angeles. Last night’s attempted murder of our officers makes this unequivocally clear. However, no officer goes to work with the intent of using force, much less deadly force, but force may become necessary when there is an objectively reasonable certainty that there could be injury to themselves or someone else. As tragic as these situations are, law enforcement officers absolutely have the right to defend their life or the life of another.”
“We recognize the frustration many in the community feel as these types of investigations progress, but implore everyone to be peaceful so we can minimize further violence. In the meantime, we stand with our officers, who are among the best trained in the world, who take to heart their oath to protect and serve Los Angeles and demonstrate courage and sound judgment on a daily basis.”
Contact: Burson-Marsteller at (213) 292-1003.
About the LAPPL: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at www.LAPD.com.