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Morning Briefing: LA Sheriff's Dept. Adds To List Of Black People Killed By Law Enforcement

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LASD deputies holding batons during a protest. The Sheriff's budget could get cut by more than $100 million if voters approve a charter amendment in November. (Brian Feinzimer For LAist)
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As protests continue to rage around the country in response to the ongoing killing of Black people at the hands of law enforcement officers, another such death in L.A. has incited demonstrations in the South L.A. neighborhood of Westmont.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept., 29-year-old Dijon Kizzee was stopped by two sheriff’s deputies while riding his bike, for an alleged traffic violation. The LASD says – and cell phone video corroborates – that Kizzee ran from the interaction.

The deputies claim that when they caught up with him, Kizzee punched one of the deputies, who then noticed a gun wrapped in a jacket that Kizzee had dropped. They said he "made a motion toward the firearm" and that’s when they opened fire.

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Protesters have been at the scene since Monday night.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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The Past 24 Hours In LA

Another Deadly Sheriff’s Shooting: The killing of a Black man by two L.A. Sheriff's deputies in the South L.A. neighborhood of Westmont has sparked protests and raised questions about the decision to open fire.

California Kids: A preliminary injunction has been issued that bars all UC campuses from administering ACT or SAT tests, under a test-optional policy. The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District is laying off dozens of staff members in its early education and child care programs. Some Southern California colleges are housing thousands of students in campus dorms, even as they hold classes online.

Money Matters: Los Angeles will spend $10 million on a legal defense fund for renters facing eviction due to COVID-19, and a bill to stem the tide of evictions was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The state legislature passed a bill that exempts many freelancers, including writers and musicians, from AB 5's controversial requirement that they be treated as employees.

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Public Transit: What would regional transportation look like if L.A. County’s buses and trains were free to everyone? L.A. Metro is now exploring that idea — and moving fast. The agency's CEO hopes to launch fare-free service by the start of 2021.

L.A. Food: If restaurants and bars with kitchens can reopen for outdoor service, why can't breweries? City Bean Roasters paved the way for L.A.'s current coffee scene.

Also, This: A guy with a jetpack flew over LAX on Sunday evening.


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Dijon Kizzee's aunt, Sheila Jackson, listens to speakers at a Tuesday protest of her nephew's death at the hands of L.A. County Sheriff's deputies.

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(Chava Sanchez / LAist)

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