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Family Seeks Answers in Police Shooting of Young Ethiopian Man in Los Angeles


Last Wednesday, 28-year-old Ethiopian engineer, Zelalem Eshetu Ewnetu was shot and killed by police in Los Angeles, California.

The details of his death are conveniently murky. According to the LAPD, officers were responding to a burglary when they found Ewnetu sitting in his car. Officers approached him after smelling marijuana coming from his vehicle. He reportedly refused to exit his car when asked. Authorities say that when they tried to remove him from the car, Ewnetu brandished a gun and aimed it at the officers.

The deputies then fired at Ewentu, shooting him in the torso and killing him on-site.

A statement from the victim’s family, says that the initial account of the incident varied from what’s been reported by authorities. Following the shooting, the detective on the case, mentioned that they gun was found in the back seat, says the press statement. A photo of the vehicle, published in the LA Times, shows what appears to be two bullet holes in the back windshield.

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Cases like this are, sadly, all too familiar and the varying accounts of what took place, certainly raise suspicion. Ewentu’s family is currently seeking answer and have started a Gofundme to help with funeral and attorney costs.

Ewnetu came to the United States eight years ago on a scholarship to the University of Idaho, and worked as an engineer for the California Public Utilities Commission.

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  1. Sorry to hear this young man perished this way. One thing the neftegnas lack is how to raise their children like my Oromos. In any case, my condolences go out to his family. That is why I am advocating the taking away of all children from their neftegna parents when my Oromia becomes an independent nation. We will iilmaa gosaazied them into Oromuumaa and raise them correctly. Again, my heart goes out to the family of this young who had a lot ahead of him but senselessly cut down because of his parents’ fault.

  2. @Hordofaa

    My condolence is for Hordofaa not for Zelalem, this is because your stupidity is asymptotic to infinity.

    Today, i came to verify the quotes of Enstien: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” Hordoffa’s stupidity index ≅ ∞.

    (1) If you believe in God/ Allah: all human beings are the children of Adam and Eve. Adam/ Eve was neither OROMO nor Amhara!!!

    (2) If you believe in Science : humans beings are evolved from the human-like species. That means there was no a monkey (human like species) called OROMO!” in this century of knowledge, being racist only proves how low in society you really are.”

    “Racism is Garbage, don’t recycle it, just toss it, or you will be stamped out!!!”

    May the almighty God rest Hordofaa’s soul in peace Amen!!!

    • You Yet Hije Lifenda and tedros:

      You are not even allowing me to mourn the death of this young man who lost his life in such senseless way. You are sitting there shedding crocodile tears for this untimely demise. You are violating my human rights. I want my human rights and I need it now. I have no hate for anyone but I know for fact that all neftegnas hate me just for being an Oromo. Look at you. You are insulting me calling me all kinds of derogatory names including a ‘nigger’ just because I broke down in tears upon hearing the untimely death of this young man. If you don’t stop calling me a ‘nigger’ and a ‘gala’, I am going to sue you in a court of law when my Oromia becomes an independent nation in just a few months. So you better stop it and let me cry for this young man. My religion is waqaafiinaa which will be the only official religion of Oromia after independence still respecting the right of the individual to worship of his/her liking, just like in the constitution of the USA. If you want, I can have our waqaa priest convert you and you will have no problem. So leave me alone while I am mourning.

  3. “Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. it’s a self centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated” Alveda King

    “racism is the refuge for the ignorant. it seeks to divide and destroy. it’s the enemy of freedom and deserves to be met head on and stamped out ” Pierre Berton

    Stop Racism!!!!!

  4. RIP

    Californian-Ethiopians had been bumping heads with the law more than usual in the last month or so. Another Los Angeles Ethiopian man is currently being held with a 10 million dollars bond for a hit and run charge , another Ethiopian taxi driver from San Francisco area just got arrested for raping a passenger last week and this poor guy died too?
    what is going on out there?



  5. You Yet Hije Lifenda and tedros:

    And one more thing. You know why people like you hate me? It is because I am very popular. Even a lot of the neftegnas love and admire me. They love my guts. Just look at the number of followers and likes on my Facebook page. I have more than 10,000 followers and likes just from verified neftegnas alone. I have just more than 105,678 followers and counting and twice as much on Twitter. That is what making you so jealous and driving you crazy. So shut up!! You hear me? I am ordering you to shut up and instead admire me.

    • @Hordofaa/ Gebremedhin…/TPLF agent

      RIP Hordofaa/ Gebremedhin, you are already a dead man!!!!

      we love our beloved Oromos,and they love us too!!! you have been striving to offend us and to get a bad reflection against the innocent Oromos.

      Please don’t waste your time…now we are quite busy, and working together to get rid of the TPLF (the BANDA/ the Cook of Italians) from our mother land Ethiopia.

      Rest In Peace Hordofaa/ Gebremedhin

  6. @ Hordoffa/ Gebremedhin/ TPLF

    7 Signs of Inferiority Complex

    “The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.” – Alfred Adler

    Signs of Inferiority Complex

    1. Fault Finding. You have a trained eye in picking up the faults or imperfections about others. Since you do not already feel good about yourself, you may as well cause others to feel poorly too. Thus, no one in your mind can be superior. In other words, you need to make others feel small so that you can look bigger.
    2. Heightened Sensitivity to Other People’s Opinions. Are you highly sensitive to what others think and say about you? Do you immediately feel small whenever there is a critical comment about you? Don’t feel confident about yourself?

    3. Social Withdrawal. You dislike being in a crowd because you cannot get rid of the sneaking suspicion that you are not as good as others. You would rather not have others find out the truth about how lousy or insecure you are.

    4. Place Own Needs Last. Having an inferiority complex can cause you to put your own needs last. You try to brush them aside. However, you are really wallowing in feelings of unworthiness. Over a long time, you start to accumulate anger.

    5. Crave For Flattery. Compliments make you glow with pride. However, when you have an inferiority complex, you are dependent on flattery. You go all out to be nice to everyone, so that you can receive validation. Validation makes you feel good about yourself. Your ego gets hugely inflated.

    6. Performance Anxiety. You just hate competition. You don’t like to lose. Losing makes you feel like a failure. You find it hard to get over being second place. Every time you need to perform, you sweat profusely.

    7. Procrastination. You cannot seem to get motivated. There is a reason why you are not able to get off the couch. The root belief is that no matter how much you try, you are never going to be good enough. And so you are feeling very unmotivated to get going. http://www.evelynlim.com/7-signs-of-inferiority-complex/

    • I thought I had given you an order to shut up. You must be one of those Oromo hating, 360 degree ripe cactus fruit dunking Woyanes from that God forsaken joint called Mekele or Adwa with number 11 etched right on both sides of your temples. You came with emaciated face and ribbing sticking out to my Oromia in 1991, now you have grown beer bellies thanks to my chumaa, milk and honey. But those days are numbered. My indomitable OLF/OLA is right on your tail and will soon send you packing to where you came from, that forsaken joint called barren Tigray. You better leave my Oromia and leave now before it is too late. And don’t you ever call me a racist.

      • Take it easy man! Now, you got the center of the gravity(the truth) , which is supposed to be the main headache to every one.

        I am happy for your dramatic change, and going to shut up as you ordered me!!!

        Good Job!!! have a blessed day my bro/ sis!!!

        One more point, the destiny of any region shall be decided by: the full participation of every Ethiopians!!!

        For instance , Oromia shares border with AFar, Somalia, Amhara, Southern nations and the Gambella region!!! My question is how you are going to resolve the border disputes with all theses nations?… Are you going to solve this problem by the ongoing and bloody war with all those regions?

    • They are all Oromos. You have a problem with that? By the way, consider yourself persona non grata when my Oromia becomes an independent nation in just a few months. I will tell our friends of Gojjamia and Gondaria to do the same when they establish independent republics at the same time with my ever beautiful Oromia. Ha’d ye like that? And don’t forget all the other Oromos in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Eritrea. All theee cushitic people are awaiting the liberation of my Oromia by the indomitable OLF/OLA. Just shut up and stay tuned. And stop thinking about to call a nigger.

  7. we Ethiopians seek a political ideology not a tribal ideology!

    we seek a political party which has Christians, Muslims, …in any party!

    we seek a political party which has Tigress, Amharas, Ormos, Gambelas, Somalis,southern nations…in any party!

    As the Chinese, blacks , whites belong in Democratic and republican party!

    As Christians, Muslims,pagans belong into Democratic and republican party!!

    you guys when will you adopt a good lessons from westerns?

    • I have something else to suggest to you. By now, you should know that the word ‘Ethiopia’ is a myth. Right? Our benefactor and brother-in-arms President Isaias Afewerki has recently confirmed that. So I am suggesting to you stubborn neftegnas is after my Oromia becomes an independent nation yo’ll come under my beautiful Oromia’s jurisdiction as minorities. That is except the Ammaro Sayyontes. We will repatriate them where they came from in 1890, central Yemen. Can you see the beautiful picture? The myth Ethiopia is gone for ever. Gojjamians, Gondarites, Afars, Issas(Issas are not Somalis but Issas), Sidamos and all other ethnic tribes are living in peace and harmony as minorities in the Greater Oromia with their rights etched in stone, in un-erasable constitution. I suggested this idea to every ethnic group here and they all have found the idea excellent and extremely appealing except those from Ammaro Sayyontes. Figures, right?

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