The Murder of #AlbertRamonDorsey Ruled Out Of Policy by Los Angeles Police Commission
Yesterday, the killing of Albert "Ramon" Dorsey was ruled out-of-policy by the Los Angeles Police Commission. Ramon was killed by two LAPD officers when employees at the 24-Hour Fitness location in Hollywood called police in on this Black male gym member. Ramon was naked and had just exited the shower when police killed him. The steps leading up to his death were captured on bodycam, but the officers allege that both of their cameras simultaneously fell off before a physical altercation took place.
The Police Commission ruling was a major step in efforts towards police accountability. It marks the second time in past six months that such a ruling has been handed down and is one of only a handful of times in the last decade.
We know that this ruling comes, in large part, as a result of the regular and constant pressure that BLMLA and ally groups have placed on decision-making bodies. Black Lives Matter also works closely with the families of those killed and encourages them to share their stories to challenge the police narrative, which functions as a "double murder" through the character assassination of victims.
The next steps are to:
Pressure LAPD Chief Moore to fire the officers.
Challenge District Attorney Jackie Lacey to file charges.
Continue to call on 24-Hour Fitness (where Ramon was killed after employees called police on him) to change their policies.
Ultimately, this work is intended to stop the police killings altogether. This most recent ruling affirms the power of organizing and our mantra, "When we fight, we win!"