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Inglewood cyclist fatally hit by sheriff's car was unarmed

October 12, 2012 |  8:48 am


A father of three riding a bike who was killed in a fatal traffic collision with a Los Angeles County sheriff’s squad car in Inglewood was not armed with any weapon, authorities said.

Alfonso Cerda, a 45-year-old from Lennox, was riding a bicycle in the 3500 block of West 107th Street in Inglewood about 1:25 a.m. Monday when a squad car collided with him. The sheriff’s department said at the time that Cerda was believed to have brandished a weapon at deputies but corrected that statement Thursday.

“Initial media reports of the event suggested that Mr. Cerda brandished a weapon at the deputies.

"These reports were inaccurate,” the statement said. “No weapon was recovered or was believed to be in Mr. Cerda’s possession at the time of the incident.”

Sheriff Lee Baca has ordered an internal review of the incident, including a review of current policies, procedures and training on interacting with cyclists. The department’s Office of Independent Review is overseeing the probe. The Inglewood Police Department’s traffic investigators are also investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, Cerda’s family and community members are demanding answers. A candlelight vigil for Cerda was organized this week by civil rights activists Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Eddie Jones.

"I want to know if excessive force was used because my dad didn't deserve to die here,” the victim's son, Alfonso Cerda Jr., told KABC-TV.

The younger Cerda told reporters his father always carried a flashlight while biking and often rode at night to pick up clothes and items from trash cans for sale.


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