About 30 Black Lives Matter members demonstrated near Arden Fair mall Saturday to call attention to what they say is a lack of transparency in the shooting last year of a Carmichael man by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies.
Citing the ongoing investigation, the Sheriff’s Department has declined to release dashcam and body-camera footage and the coroner’s report connected with the death Adrienne Ludd, 36, who was shot in October after authorities say he was preparing to shoot at deputies.
Donielle Prince, a member of BLM, said during the protest that at least three separate demands for the dash-camera videos have been made to the department.
The lack of response “makes us nervous,” said Prince, surrounded by protesters holding signs reading “Fire killer cops” and “Justice for Adrienne.”
As the crowd chanted “No justice, no peace; no racist police” and “Send those killa’ cops to jail,” the busy intersection was filled with horns honking and drivers giving the crowd the “thumbs-up.”
Prince said the protesters, who included Ludd’s mother Naomi Ludd and his girlfriend, Lala Abril, held the demonstration to educate people about the case.
The Oct. 22 incident began around noon when a deputy attempted to stop Adrienne Ludd’s vehicle for expired registration at Manzanita Avenue and Winding Way. The vehicle sped up, and the deputy reported seeing the two occupants grab “something from the back seat,” according to an article in The Sacramento Bee.
After Ludd failed to stop at several stop signs, his passenger exited the car to surrender and Ludd continued to flee until reaching Cypress Avenue, west of Garfield Avenue. Taking cover behind the car, Ludd fired “several rounds,” officers said.
During the shooting, Ludd lost control of his weapon and fell to the ground as officers saw Ludd attempt to grab his Tec-22 handgun. Fearing for their safety and the safety of others, sheriff’s officials said they resumed firing.
Ludd was subdued and administered life-saving measures but was pronounced dead at the scene by Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials. Officials also say a loaded .25-caliber pistol was found in a pocket of Ludd’s pants.
I want to ask them if they had locked eyes with their own son, would they have taken their life?
Lala Abril, girlfriend of Adrienne Ludd, who was shot to death by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies after authorities say he attempted to grab a gun
Latrell Ludd, the suspect’s brother, asked at the time why deputies needed to continue to shoot after Adrienne Ludd, who was being stopped because of an expired vehicle registration tag, had fallen to the ground.
Abril said Saturday she would like to be able to ask authorities why it was necessary to shoot Ludd after he fell to the ground.
“I want to ask them if they had locked eyes with their own son, would they have taken their life?” Abril said.
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