LOS ANGELES — Sixteen-year-old Liz Trejo was in the middle of her virtual music class she’s taking to earn college credit, when gun shots interrupted her lesson.
What You Need To Know
- Liz Trejo was in the middle of her virtual music class when gun shots interrupted her lesson
- Los Angeles Sheriff deputies shot and killed Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, right across the street from Trejo’s house
- According to the department, Kizzee punched one deputy and then dropped a gun
- The shooting lead to protests in the area Monday night
Neighbors witnessed Los Angeles Sheriff deputies shooting and killing Dijon Kizzee, a 29-year-old Black man, right across the street from Trejo’s house on 109th and Budlong, late Monday afternoon.
“I heard the shots, and then I heard the screaming,” Trejo said. “I came outside. My mom was panicking. She was in shock. She was sobbing telling us ‘they shot him, they killed him.’”
Cellphone video shows Kizzee running from deputies. The Sheriff’s department said deputies stopped the man for a traffic violation on a bike. According to the department, Kizzee punched one deputy and then dropped a gun.
Trejo said by the time she saw what happened, deputies still had guns drawn at Kizzee while he was already on the ground.
“They were aiming the guns at him even though he was already shot,” she described. “You see someone die and you see a dead body. That’s just – it’s horrible.”
It sparked instant outrage from neighbors in the community. The shooting lead to protests in the area Monday night, including at the Sheriff’s station. Protests and marches continued on Tuesday.
Trejo said this isn’t the first time she’s seen something like this.
“I feel angry, angry and sad.”
The Sheriff’s department’s investigation of the shooting is in its early stages. Trejo said she wants to see change.
“I definitely believe officers should have more time in training before they get like an official badge or even a gun,” she added. “I think that more practice, more training is not got going to hurt anybody.”
For now, she hopes for better, as a community mourns a loss they believe could have been avoided.