By The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Black man who was paralyzed in a police-involved shooting during a traffic stop has announced he is running for Pittsburgh City Council.
Leon Ford says in a statement Thursday that he will run for the city’s District 9 seat. Ford says the campaign will focus on creating economic opportunities for residents and making neighborhoods safe.
In this June 21, 2018 file photo, Leon Ford weeps from his wheelchair while addressing a crowd gathered to protest the East Pittsburgh police shooting death of Antwon Rose, at the Allegheny County Courthouse, in downtown Pittsburgh. (Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)
Ford plans to formally launch his campaign on Nov. 11. The seat is currently held by the Rev. Ricky Burgess.
Ford was shot in 2012 when he was stopped by Pittsburgh Officers David Derbish and Andrew Miller. Derbish shot Ford five times.
Ford says officers thought he was a gang member with a similar name.
Pittsburgh agreed earlier this year to pay Ford $5.5 million to resolve a federal lawsuit.