POLICE in LA have shot and killed a black man sparking more unrest.
Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office said they became involved in the incident Monday night following a pursuit in Westmont, South LA where the man "punched an officer in the face before dropping a handgun".
Although the victim wasn't identified by police, he has been named as Dijon Kizzee, aged in his 30s, by family members and the LA Black Lives Matter movement.
The LA BLM branch tweeted: "Los Angeles County Sheriffs killed a Black man…Dijon…on 109th and Budlong and left his body facedown in the dirt.
"We need all hands on deck. Please get here ASAP!"
Cops said Kizzee was caught violating an unspecified vehicle code while riding a bike down 110th Street and Budlong Avenue.
But as they approached the suspect he abandoned his bike and began running towards 109th Place.
As police attempted to approach him again, Lieutenant Brandon Dean said Kizzee punched one of the officers in the face, at the same time dropping a bundle of clothing which had been concealing a handgun.
The officers then opened fire, with Kizzee pronounced dead at the scene – LASD said no deputies were hurt.
Video allegedly of the incident shows Kizzee, dressed in a white vest and clutching a bundle of clothes running down a street as two officers walk brusquely in his direction.
The camera then cuts to what appears to be immediately after the shooting, with Kizzee lying on the floor and several officers pointing their guns at him.
One woman can be heard screaming: "Why would you do that?"
Another man can be heard repeatedly shouting: "He's dead," adding they shot him "like 20 times".
A group of four officers then move towards the man and appear to handcuff him, before administering first aid.
Lt Dean said he was unable to confirm how many times the man had been hit as they had been unable to move the body, adding: "We still have to conduct our interviews of the investigating officers to see exactly what happened and transpired during the deputy-involved-shooting."
When pressed for comment on the deadly use of force he said: "But if this individual was reaching for a semi-automatic handgun, I would suggest that, you know, that’s probably why deadly force was important."
Crowds gathered at the scene overnight, following a flurry of furious social media reactions – including a call to arms on Twitter from LA's BLM movement.
Protesters chanted: "No justice, no peace," "Say his name" and "black lives matter."
Video from the protests shows
Cops said they were concerned about crowd control and set up a precautionary perimeter of tape around its South LA headquarters.
They added they hope to avoid violent protests.
The shooting comes in the wake of already rising racial tensions following the deaths of several black Americans at the hands of white police officers.
Unarmed black dad Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by police officers in front of his horrified children in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week.
His death has sparked huge protests, with homes and cars torched, many arrested and two fatally shot.
Blake's death came three months after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in Minnesota, Minneapolis after police kneeled on his neck for several minutes as he told them: "I can't breathe".
Mr Floyd's death was the catalyst for a surge in BLM movements across the world.
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