An autopsy report obtained by CNN confirms the LAPD shot Dijon Kizzee of Los Angeles, CA 16 times in a news article updated at 9:51 AM ET, Sat October 3, 2020 by Mallika Kallingal and Cheri Mossburg.
(CNN) — The official autopsy of Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man killed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies in August, has been released following a month-long security hold at the direction of the sheriff's department.
The Los Angeles Medical Examiner's autopsy report found that Kizzee was shot 16 times, with at least four of those bullets causing "rapidly life-threatening wounds." Some of the wounds were to the head, torso and back, the report said.
Kizzee's shooting sparked protests last month in South Los Angeles, a city that has already seen months-long unrest following the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. "It's happening so fast we can barely keep up with the hashtags," Benjamin Crump, an attorney representing the Kizzee family, previously said of police shootings of Black people, evoking Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake, and many more.
The autopsy report certified Kizzee's death as a homicide, noting the injury occurred by law enforcement. The cause of death is listed as multiple gunshot wounds, and the "rapidly fatal injuries include trauma to the heart, lungs, liver and left kidney," according to the autopsy report.