Ivan Mora (Full Name: Ivan Solis Mora) Died In Police Shooting Along Grevillea Avenue In Inglewood
Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. Police officers were called to the scene and encountered Ivan Mora.
Officers said that he was acting erratically and holding a knife. The suspect ran into the rear of a yard before being shot with pepper balls, rubber balls and a taser.
Some time after this, officers opened fire with their service pistols and shot the suspect. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help Ivan Mora.
Sadly, he later died due to his injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Inglewood Police Shootings
California has one of the highest instances of police shootings in the United States. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, “About 195 people die each year from interactions with California law enforcement. Gunshots are by far the most common cause of death: nearly 250 people are shot by police each year.” People who are suffering from untreated mental illness are substantially more likely to be killed by police officers. There are numerous steps that police departments should take in order to reduce fatal encounters with mentally ill suspects.
- Police officers should be thoroughly trained in de-escalation techniques. Training should emphasize communication skills and conflict resolution.
- Police officers should be equipped with less-lethal tools such as bean bag rounds.
- Police officers should collect data on police shootings involving mentally ill suspects.
- Police officers should be required to wear body camera footage when they are interacting with the public.
The ability to use lethal force is one of the most consequential powers that police officers hold. It must be used with great discretion and only as a measure of last resort. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. There are specific policies that police officers in California must follow when they are dealing with mentally ill suspects.
Consider, for example, the tragic death of Miles Hall. In 2019, Walnut Creek police officers responded to calls of a disturbance in a neighborhood. Miles Hall was killed by officers while he was in the midst of a mental health crisis. Family members said that he suffered from schizoaffective disorder. According to court documents, police officers failed to de-escalate the encounter before shooting the man. His family eventually reached a settlement with the county. Several steps should be taken after any instance of excessive force.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Body camera footage from all officers involved should be reviewed.
- The police report of the incident should be examined.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
Police shootings are much more likely to occur when officers are poorly trained. In particular, many police officers do not know how to properly handle suspects in the midst of a mental health crisis. It is important for victims of excessive force to understand that they do have rights. The family of any person that died in police custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.
Investigating Inglewood Police Shootings
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Ivan Mora. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. This young man desperately needed help in this situation. But instead he was met with lethal force by the very people charged with protecting the community. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about an Inglewood police shooting? Our team of civil rights advocates are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that victims and their families are aware of their rights and get their legal questions answered. In fact, we focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police brutality and jail neglect. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.