Two US police officers in Los Angeles, California, who fatally shot a mentally-ill unarmed black man, back in 2014 will not be criminally charged, prosecutors say.
Ezell Ford, 25, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was walking near his home in southern Los Angeles when he was shot multiple times by Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas, two officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
He was shot on suspicion that he was trying to dispose of something illegal. The officers later claimed that Ford had reached for one of their guns.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey dropped the charges against the officers, saying they were legally justified in the shooting.
“The question is did they honestly believe that Mr. Ford was about to take out the gun and shoot them, and there [are] a lot of facts that indicate that they did,” Lacey said in an interview.
“This was not some officer who deliberately…