October 20, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A father who saw his son fatally shot by Los Angeles police on live television has filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court on behalf of 51-year-old Brian Beaird's parents, alleges that officers were inadequately trained, used excessive force and committed battery and negligence when they shot Beaird who was unarmed.
The December shooting followed a nearly hour-long pursuit that ended when Beaird's Corvette collided with a car in an intersection and spun onto a downtown sidewalk.
Beaird staggered from the Corvette, briefly raised his hands, and was fatally shot and fell to the ground.
Police Chief Charlie Beck has said he was "very concerned" by a preliminary shooting report. He placed three officers on leave until the investigation is completed.
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