Livonia Police Deputy Chief Curtis Caid jumped all over the coroner's decision to put distance between the actions of his officers and the death:
He said Ford was not beaten as has been alleged by family members, and that if Ford had listened to police, the incident would have been a non-event.
Police said Ford was electrocuted with a taser gun when he approached a police cruiser. They said he ignored commands to drop to the ground and believed he had knives in each hand.
At this point we have no independent confirmation that any weapons were found on Ford ... much less "knives in each hand". The unidentifed officer who killed Ford is currently on desk duty.
Vervena Johnson, a friend of Ford’s, said he was a special person and not at all like he’s been portrayed.
“He was one of the sweetest, nicest people you could meet,” she said.