NAEJA Calls Town Hall Meeting on Police Violence
The organization holds meeting after Culver City incident
By Brian W. Carter
Sentinel Staff Writer
On Saturday, July 10 an emergency Town Hall meeting will take place concerning the shooting and death of a young Black man by a police officer in Culver City. The National Association For Equal Justice In America (NAEJA) will hold the meeting and are calling all to attend in hopes of bringing an end to the latest in police violence.
The incident took place in late April in the Culver City district. The alleged suspect identified as Lejoy Grissom was targeted as possible suspect in a robbery at the Palms area strip mall. Grissom’s sister was driving the car and they were ordered to pull over and step out of the vehicle.
The official police statement claims 27 year-old Grissom dropped his hands after he was ordered out of the car. This lead police to believe he was going for a weapon and resulted in the police firing with a machine gun. There are witnesses who are disputing these alleged facts. One of those witnesses was a criminal defense attorney, Frances Prizzia.
Prizzia has stated to the media, “Grissom’s arms were raised and his fingers were spread apart and the only movements he made were jerking movements in response to the fatal gunshots.”
She was making a purchase at a nearby doughnut shop and saw the drama unfold outside the window along with other witnesses including some children. A former Deputy District Attorney in Orange County D.A.’s Office, Prizzia openly disputed the forced used on Grissom.
“We’re bringing in the Inspector General’s office, FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office to be at that Town Hall Meeting,” said Royce Esters, president and CEO of NAEJA. “Too many times, for some reason, D.A. go along with the police department and they never, hardly ever convicted.”
Esters continued, “We want all the public to come out to ask questions about this situation. This recent case is unfortunately one in a growing number shootings by the police department. The shooting has an eerie similarity to the Oscar Grant case which currently close to its end.
The meeting will convene Saturday, July 10 at the Elks Club #1917. It is located at 11160 Washington Place in Culver City and will begin at 2:00pm. An assembled panel will be present to discuss and hear questions on excessive force, community policing, hiring practices, racial profiling and strategies to cut homicides.
For more information about this case or about NAEJA please contact membership chairperson Mary Felton at (310) 608-5878.