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    LA deputies won’t be charged for killing Black bicyclist

    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two Los Angeles (LA) County deputies acted in self-defence and won’t face criminal charges for fatally shooting a Black man they tried to stop for riding a bicycle the wrong direction, prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

    Dijon Kizzee was holding a pistol when he was shot on August 31, 2020, according to a review by the Justice System Integrity Division of the county district attorney’s office.

    Kizzee, 29, was killed in South Los Angeles after the deputies attempted to stop him for a traffic violation while riding a bike.

    He dropped the bicycle and ran away, carrying a bundle of clothing that authorities said contained a firearm.

    The deputies told investigators they didn’t know there was a gun in the clothes, and they fired at Kizzee after he picked up the handgun when it fell out during a struggle with one of them.

    His death sparked protests in South Los Angeles.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva comments on the shooting of Dijon Kizzee. PHOTO: AP
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