Family and Black Lives Matter organizers seek justice in the fatal shooting of Grechario Mack

Mack’s parents joined organizers to demand the two LAPD officers involved be terminated.

In April of last year, 30-year-old Grechario Mack was shot and killed by two Los Angeles Police Department officers at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall while going through a mental health crisis. On Dec. 6, Mack’s mother and father and Black Lives Matter organizers gathered outside LAPD headquarters in downtown LA to demand justice. Mack was holding a knife, according to a news release from the department after the shooting. The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that officers Ryan Lee and Martin Robles followed policy when they fired the initial shots at Mack, but that the shots fired once he was on the ground violated protocol. The organizers and Mack’s family gathered, along with Julián Castro, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, to demand that the two officers be terminated, and that the city invest more money in mental health resources.