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Leon Ford Jr.        

Community Activist & Speaker

Leon Ford Jr. is an activist and speaker educating audiences about police brutality, and how to strengthen the relationship between the police and the communities in which they serve.

On Nov. 12, 2012, Leon Ford found himself fighting for his life after being shot five times by Pittsburgh police. His crime? Police mistook him for a suspect with a similar name. The shooting left Ford paralyzed, but his spirit remained unbroken.

After being acquitted on charges he assaulted an officer during the incident, Ford sued the city and won a $5.5 million settlement. Though he suffered extreme trauma, Ford has used the tragic shooting to push for positive change.

He not only mentors young people in his city, but he also travels the country speaking to communities about how to improve relationships between police and residents.

In 2017, the Pittsburgh City Paper named him "Pittsburgher of the Year." His book, Untold, which will chronicle his journey to recovery after the shooting.



Black driver shot, paralyzed by police runs for city council - SFGate

Black driver shot, paralyzed by police runs for city council. Updated 5:09 pm ... Leon Ford says in a statement Thursday that he will run for the city's District 9 seat.

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