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BREAKING: Family Sues City for $120M in Police Shooting

Abdul Arian, 19, was shot dozens of times by Los Angeles police after he led officers on a high-speed chase.

Relatives of a 19-year-old Winnetka man who was shot to death by police following a late-night chase from Northridge to the Ventura freeway filed a $120 million claim against the city Monday.

Abdul Arian, 19, was shot dozens of times by Los Angeles police after he led officers on a high-speed chase that ended in Woodland Hills.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Arian called 911 during the pursuit and told a dispatcher he was armed and was prepared to shoot officers.

"I have a gun," Arian told a dispatcher, according to police. "I've been arrested before for possession of destructive devices, I'm not afraid of the cops."

"If they pull their guns, I'm gonna have to pull my gun out on them," Arian said, according to the LAPD.

Although Arian was not armed and was carrying only a cell phone, video shot by news crews showed Arian getting out of his car at the end of the pursuit and taking a shooting-type stance toward pursuing police just before officers opened fire.

City Attorney's Office spokesman Frank Mateljan said the city had not yet been served with the claim.

Arian family attorney Jeffrey M. Galen said eight officers filed about 15 rounds each at Arian.

"This (claim) equates to one million dollars per bullet in compensation for the grieving family," according to a statement by Galen's office. "It is the hope of Mr. Galen that this action will result in the reform of officer training and cultural diversity."

LAPD officials told the Los Angeles Times officers filed about 90 rounds.

Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers, said the shooting was regrettable, but Arian ignored commands from officers and then appeared to be prepared to open fire at them.

"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."

Michael November 12, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I agree. I am scared of the cops too. But, I'm not going to run away and threaten to shoot them. I'm pretty sure most people are scared of cops but that doesn't the adult the right to run away.
Marc November 12, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Very true Michael.
coledude November 12, 2012 at 09:23 PM
First I will admit that I am not a big fan of the police, BUT in this case I believe they were well within their right to shoot this man. The thought of rewarding his family for his stupidty and risking the lives of innocent people makes me sick. If he would of run over a child during his chase everyone would be saying "Why didn't the police shoot him"! If the city pays his family one dime I would have to say that would be a greater mistake then everyones actions combined. We have become a socity of excuse makers. If his actions are any indication I believe his family should have spent more time talking to him about personal accountability but instead they are looking to profit from it...
Mark Lassman November 13, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Even Rodney King found out, the hard way, that no matter what you did, or did NOT do, you do NOT... EVER... have the "right" to run from the police. The ONLY "right" you have is to be treated fairly when you comply with the officer's requests to safely pull over, stop and answer the nice officer's questions. To do anything other than that, especially to act aggressively towards the officer(s) will end up with things not going very well for you.
John November 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Funny, I don't remember seeing any report or video of Rodney King running.

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