The city of Los Angeles faces a $100 million lawsuit that alleges LAPD’s use of a Taser killed Keenan Anderson during a January incident.
Members of Anderson’s family announced the suit in Ladera Heights Monday, with civil rights attorneys Ben Crump and Carl Douglas on hand for a press conference.
While the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner— Coroner determined Anderson’s death was caused by an enlarged heart and cocaine use, the family believes he died of cardiac arrest caused by repeated Taser stuns from officers, with Douglas saying, “I care not what the coroner’s office says in terms of his having cocaine in his system at the time of his death.”
LAPD said the incident began as Anderson, 31, was involved in a hit-and-run accident and was approached by an officer. Police body camera footage was released showing parts of the encounter, including the officers applying the stuns before taking him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead hours later.
While the coroner provided a cause of death for Anderson, the “manner of death” has not yet been established with the investigation ongoing.
On January 21, weeks after the incident, Anderson’s family filed a $50 million claim for damages against the city, arguing the officers were not properly trained and claiming “deadly force” was used.
The claim was denied by the city.
Anderson was a Washington D.C. native, in Los Angeles visiting family. He was a cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors and a teacher.
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