Police and Young Black men …

A Pittsburgh man shot multiple times at a traffic stop demands justice.

excerpt from theroot.com

On Nov. 11, 2012, just before 10 p.m., Leon Ford Jr. looked in his rear-view mirror and saw flashing lights.

Ford pulled to the side of the road. Almost everything that happened next — whether Ford should have been stopped, what happened when Pittsburgh police officers approached Ford’s car, what Ford and the three officers said and did, even the order of events — is disputed.

But this much is not: Ford, 19 at the time of the incident and unarmed, was shot multiple times and left paralyzed below his waist and now faces up to 20 years in prison. He has been charged with aggravated assault along with two counts of reckless endangerment and traffic violations, including running a stop sign and reckless driving.

The amazing and most inhumane part of this story is what happened once he was in the hospital.  His family was not allowed to see him.  He had more than one surgery was listed as critical and this mother was not given common decency to hold her son’s hand.  For all she knew he was dying.  How would you feel if you thought you son was dying but they wouldn’t let you see him?

Now, a year later listen to his parents and his attorney, Benjamin Crump, are speaking to journalist Jeff Johnson about the incident that night, the life Ford had before the shooting and what his future holds.

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