Father of man shot by L.A. sheriff's deputies files lawsuit, alleges 'gang-like culture' at stations

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The father of a 29-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in 2020 filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, alleging that the case raises issues of excessive force and the existence of deputy gangs.

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Edwin Kizzee, the father of the late Dijon Kizzee, as well as the estate of Dijon Kizzee brought the suit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging civil rights violations, assault and battery, false imprisonment and negligence. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

National civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump is a member of the legal team representing Edwin Kizzee.

"This lawsuit concerns the outrageous, careless and unlawful use of deadly force by [deputies] as well as their malicious effort to distort the true facts of their own misconduct," the suit states.

The case also "raises  questions concerning the improper influence of rogue deputy gangs within the sheriff's department, which the plaintiffs believe created the environment that directly led to Mr.
Kizzee's death," the suit states.

An LASD representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.