The family of Ivan Solis Mora, a 34-year-old man fatally shot by police in Inglewood, is preparing to file a lawsuit against the city and the police department, alleging unjustified use of lethal force.During a press conference held recently, Ivan's mother, Petra Mora, passionately asserted that her son was not a violent individual and had never harmed anyone, emphasizing that he was a good person.
Legal representatives for the family revealed that Ivan had a history of mental illness, a fact known to the police. Advocates echoed this sentiment, suggesting that Ivan was experiencing a mental health crisis and should have been handled differently.
The circumstances leading to the September 21 shooting have not been disclosed by the Inglewood Police Department. According to a witness, officers responded to a family dispute at a residence on South Grevillea Avenue. Initially, non-lethal force was deployed, but the situation escalated when Ivan allegedly charged at the officers, resulting in him being shot.
Critics, including Cliff Smith from the Coalition for Community Control Over the Police, cited neighborhood witnesses who claimed that Ivan was shot in the back, possessed no weapon, and received no command to drop any object. They argued that the police shot Ivan without any apparent provocation or justification.
Additionally, the family's lawyers called for the adoption of body-worn cameras by the Inglewood Police Department to provide transparency in similar incidents, allowing the public to gain a clearer understanding of what transpired during such encounters.
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