Skip to comments.Family Of Teen Shot By Police On Freeway Files $120 Million Lawsuit
Posted on 06/18/2012 4:25:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBS) The parents of a 19-year-old Winnetka man who was fatally shot by police following a late-night chase through the San Fernando Valley filed a $120 million federal lawsuit Monday against the city and Los Angeles Police Department.
Abdul Arian was shot several of times by Los Angeles police around 10 p.m. April 11 after he led officers on a high-speed pursuit that ended on the Ventura (101) Freeway near Woodland Hills. According to the LAPD, Arian called 911 during the pursuit, which began after he ran a red light, and told a dispatcher he was armed and prepared to shoot officers.
Not even a single shot in this case was justified, Arian family lawyer Jeffrey M. Galen said at a news conference outside the downtown federal courthouse.
An LAPD representative said the department does not comment on pending lawsuits according to policy.
The complaint alleging civil rights violations and wrongful death seeks unspecified punitive damages and at least $120 million in general damages, plus unspecified medical and burial costs and legal fees.
Galen said that if the case goes to trial, he would show a jury enhanced videotapes proving that police never felt threatened by Arian.
The attorney repeated earlier allegations by the family that officers displayed massively excessive force, firing more than 120 rounds at Arian after he got out of his car on the freeway and ran.
Although Arian was not armed and carrying only a cell phone, video shot by news crews showed him getting out of his car at the end of the pursuit and taking a shooting-type stance toward pursuing officers just before they opened fire.
Calling it one of the most horrific cases of excessive force seen in Los Angeles in more than 25 years, Galen said Arian was running for his life when he was killed.
According to police, Arian had told a 911 dispatcher during the pursuit: I have a gun. Ive been arrested before for possession of destructive devices, Im not afraid of the cops. If they pull their guns, Im gonna have to pull my gun out on them.
Galen said officers could have used non-lethal force to subdue Arian, who, according to the autopsy report, had neither alcohol nor drugs in his system.
If the officers were in such fear of their lives which they claim, appropriate protocol and policy would be to take cover, Galen said. It doesnt make sense that they would risk their own lives by aggressively charging a suspect.
Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers, said the shooting was regrettable, but Arian triggered it.
It is unfortunate that our society has come to the place where a lawful command from an officer goes ignored. Oftentimes, this sets into motion a regrettable series of events, as in this case, Izen said.
When a person decides to engage officers in a pursuit, refuses police orders to end the threat they are posing to the safety of officers and the public, tells the police that they have a gun, exits a vehicle and takes an aggressive shooting stance, extends their arms out and points an unknown object at the officers, they are subjecting themselves to the consequences of their actions, which may include being shot.
Arian, an immigrant from Afghanistan, had been enrolled in the LAPDs Explorer Academy, which teaches teens about careers in law enforcement, but he was removed for disciplinary reasons in October 2009, according to the LAPD.
Galen said Monday that the teen, who wanted to be a party planner but otherwise did not have a job, was discharged from the program for being late too often.
“I’m going to kill y.....” BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM
I guess the law is over with in this country. Now the antagonists are the victims. Law abiding people will get as far away from this as they can, including leaving the country.
We need a loser pays legal system.
Kind of defeats the whole "I'm just a poor victim of police brutality" defense, doesn't it?
Guy assumed an aggressive stance that at 10PM, in the lighting condition of that environment, could well not only look like he is aiming a gun but, would be exacerbated by adrenaline already rushing through the officers and their desire to protect a brother officer.
Case dismissed with prejudice.
“Galen said Monday that the teen, who wanted to be a party planner but otherwise did not have a job,...”
No way I’m touching that; not here, nope.
If Obama had a son, he'd be a "party planner."
Sounds like “suicide via cop” to me.
Arian, an immigrant from Afghanistan? Officers fired more than 120 rounds at Arian after he got out of his car on the freeway and ran. He could have stayed in Afghanistan, the Marines would have wacked him there and saved him the trip.
We ALREADY have it....it's the Taxpayer.
The "Winners" are the blood-sucking, ambulance-chasing assholes who just happen to pass a Bar Exam.
A lot nicer/kinder than I would have been; kudos.
The Constitution would get in the way of that idea. The people have the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. If you can be punished for excercising that right then its not really a right.
Mr. Galen, I wish that our legislature, and indeed, all legislatures, would have the balls to make you criminally, as well as civilly, liable for your statements. If that young man had taken that stance in front of my car, I too would have exercised considerable restraint in ensuring that every shot I fired went into that miserable excuse for a human being.
There is a video. It cuts off before the ‘fatal’ shooting part of the video (though I’m sure that if one spent the time, you’d find the additional ten seconds), but during that video, your client’s son races through traffic, makes reckless turns, enters onto a crowded freeway, then decides to stop and turn in the middle of it. He then exits his car, and ‘points’ his cell phone with a two handed grasp not once, not twice, not three times, but at least four times. At least one of those times is at a civilian who had stopped at the side of the freeway.
I wish our legal system was such that by beginning this lawsuit, the family’s entire assets becomes available as a pool to be sucked dry by everyone affected by their son’s reckless actions. Their cars taken for all the families scared out of their minds as he came swooping by them. Their house taken for the civilian whom he decided to point his cell phone at as if it was a gun. And then when that pool is dry, the city then gets to come in and drain every single penny that you’ve earned gaming the system. Because, Mr. Galen, there are liars, there are damned liars, and then there are lawyers like you.
The guy was driving a 3800 lb lethal bomb in one of the busiest roadways in the world. To me that should be handled like anyone running around threatening people with a gun or knife. Every year innocent bystanders are killed in exactly this scenario. In my opinion, lethal force is not only warranted but should be required if a car travels more than 100 yards or imperils any citizen at any distance.
The Marines would have saved the Police a lot of ammo.
The guy committed suicide with that call. Once he was cornered the police, because he had declared he was ready and able to shoot them, must interpret any move at all as going for or raising a gun.
It is not a surprise that perps will get away with playing the police profession’s hard earned, bad reputation with the public. The 100th monkey has been reached.
If I am on a jury, I can no longer assume the cops’ integrty. When they say they had to beat/and or kill while ‘defending themselves’ in a murder case or a beating case, I can’t pretend I don’t know the MO of modern police attitudes and military occupation training. They do execute people out of revenge dishing out unconstitutional punishments and they do lie.
Unfortunately, most judges in California are gutless hacks.
Very good — love the Bam Bams!
At what point in the video would you find the police not guilty in this case?
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