NEW: Police, Muslims Meet Over Shooting of Fleeing Teen

Officials could not explain how the shooting happened, Islamic leader said.

An approximately 20-minute meeting with some high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department officials failed to resolve all the questions San Fernando Valley Muslims have about the fatal officer-involved shooting of a 19-year-old who led officers on a chase, a participant said Monday.

"They showed their concern and sympathy for what happened," Aref Abedi, director of the Islamic Center of Reseda, who joined Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Community Affairs Council, and other community leaders in Sunday's meeting at the Islamic Center of Reseda.

"They said everything was in a preliminary stage," but officials could not explain how the shooting happened, although they promised "the investigation would be thorough when competed," Abedi told City News Service.

Abdul Arian had told a dispatcher he was armed and was prepared to shoot officers, police said. Arian "took what appeared to be an aggressive 'shooting stance' several times, extending his arms out and pointing an unknown object at the officers," causing them to believe he was armed, police said.

Abedi said "there are a lot of questions and concerns in our community -- with the way it happened and was managed."

"It's really not acceptable," Abedi said. "Everyone is devastated."

Abedi said the concern was not just from a "Muslim standpoint but a human standpoint."

There was no immediate response from police to a request for a reply to Abedi's comments.

Meeting participants were concerned about the department's pursuit and use of force policy, and the extent and type of oversight it has in such cases, police said.

Arian's relatives filed a $120 million claim against the city Monday, customarily a precursor to a lawsuit. Frank Mateljan of the City Attorney's Office said the city had not been served with the claim.

Arian's funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pierce Brothers Valhalla in North Hollywood. Abedi said he expected a large turnout.

Marc April 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I can totally tell this Islamic leader how "it" happened. It's a no brainer really. Here's a simple equation to remember: you make threats to the police + getting into a police pursuit\while leading them to believe you are armed and stating this in a recorded 911 call divided by this 19 year olds stupidity, who then gets into a "classic" world wide know shooting stance = getting your ass shot by the police. Simple really. My son is on 3 and he gets the fact that tempting fate can have unintended consequences. Not the police fault. Family has no right to sue. In fact the community should counter sue the family because their son directly placed the lives of the community in danger when the police discharged their weapons.
Joseph April 17, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Really? Islamic bias? Looks like we have another Al Sharpton here. May he have been Jewish, Christian, Buddhist whatever you may be if you acted the way he did you are asking for danger.
Marc April 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Well spoken Joseph. Tired of this bullish@%! Everybody is trying to find an excuse for the dead idiot. Whether he was Buddist, Islamic, Christian, Bahai, Hindu....if they had of done the same thing, they would all be still be idiots within their respective religions. In this case it's the person making the bad choices not the religion. I do not feel sorry for this families loss at all. Their son caused this to occur. End of story.....literally.
justsayin April 17, 2012 at 08:52 PM
This happened because they failed to give their son values. If they want it to be a religious issue do they want us to assume all Muslims are failures. How did the cops know he was a Muslim, it was dark, maybe it was a friends car. Let's call a spade a spade and an idiot and idiot. He obviously wanted to die. The real tragedy is the police officers that have to live with this. Let's start a lawsuit against the family for wasting our tax dollars.
coledude April 17, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I am NOT a big fan of the police but even I have to say that they we spot on! I saw the live video and this kid did everything your need to do to get yourself shot! How can I fault them? I would have done the exact same thing. The parents should have to pay for the damn bullets in my opinion..


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