The family of a unarmed man shot by LAPD officers on live television filed a $20 million claim against the department over the weekend.
The clan's attorney, Dale Galipo, told the Weekly the maximum claim amount was requested during his Friday filing on behalf of Beaird's brother and father. The latter, he said, was watching the coverage on TV as his son was slain by cops Dec. 14:
Father Bill Beaird told reporters Friday that his son "did not deserve something like this." The 51-year-old military veteran who was shot was described to us by Galipo as an Oceanside homeowner.
The attorney says the dad is convinced Brian Beaird walked around the back of the Corvette at the end of the Saturday night chase to inspect damage to his new, 2013 Corvette.
Officers opened fire even though Beaird appeared to briefly raise his hands and seemed to have his back to the cops.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck wasn't happy with the officers' actions, saying the three who opened fire with nearly six rounds each would be sent home while an internal investigation, a D.A.'s inquiry, and an independent review by the Inspector General got underway.
Sheriff's deputies started the pursuit after trying to pull the 'Vette driver over for alleged reckless and possibly drunk driving. California Highway Patrol officers joined in. The chase started in Southeast L.A. County and worked its way up to South L.A. before culminating at Los Angeles Street and Olympic Boulevard in Downtown L.A.
The Corvette hit the rear of a vehicle going through the intersection, sending that car into a fire hydrant and seriously injuring one of the two people inside. The Chevy spun around and came to a stop about 10:15 p.m. with its engine smoking and its front clip mangled.
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Galipo told us it's not clear who had the red light at the intersection, although it was clear from the live television footage that the Corvette was speeding and running through lights and stop signs during the chase.
The attorney said the city has 45 days to respond. If it denies the claim (which it almost always does), it will be lawsuit time.
"This is the type of rare case where they might consider settling," Galipo said. "It appears on video to be an inappropriate shooting."