September 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The city of Torrance has filed documents denying misconduct by police officers who shot at a white surfer during a manhunt for rogue Los Angeles ex-cop Christopher Dorner who was black.
Attorneys for the city asked for a trial in the damage suit brought by David Perdue, who was on his way to pick up a friend to surf Feb. 7 when he was stopped by officers looking for Dorner.
He says police rammed his pickup truck, deploying air bags, then shot into the driver's window past Perdue's head. The 38-year-old Perdue says he was also held on the ground with a gun to his head.
Mediation efforts between Purdue and the city failed, and Torrance filed a 34-page answer to his federal suit Friday saying the officers acted lawfully.