Relatives of a 19-year-old Winnetka man who was shot to death by police following a late-night chase from Northridge to the Ventura freeway filed a $120 million claim against the city Monday.
Abdul Arian, 19, was shot dozens of times by Los Angeles police after he led officers on a high-speed chase that ended in Woodland Hills.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Arian called 911 during the pursuit and told a dispatcher he was armed and was prepared to shoot officers.
"I have a gun," Arian told a dispatcher, according to police. "I've been arrested before for possession of destructive devices, I'm not afraid of the cops."
"If they pull their guns, I'm gonna have to pull my gun out on them," Arian said, according to the LAPD.
Although Arian was not armed and was carrying only a cell phone, video shot by news crews showed Arian getting out of his car at the end of the pursuit and taking a shooting-type stance toward pursuing police just before officers opened fire.
City Attorney's Office spokesman Frank Mateljan said the city had not yet been served with the claim.
Arian family attorney Jeffrey M. Galen said eight officers filed about 15 rounds each at Arian.
"This (claim) equates to one million dollars per bullet in compensation for the grieving family," according to a statement by Galen's office. "It is the hope of Mr. Galen that this action will result in the reform of officer training and cultural diversity."
LAPD officials told the Los Angeles Times officers filed about 90 rounds.
Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers, said the shooting was regrettable, but Arian ignored commands from officers and then appeared to be prepared to open fire at them.
"It is unfortunate that our society has come to the place where a lawful command from an officer goes ignored. Oftentimes, this sets into motion a regrettable series of events, as in this case," Izen said. "When a person decides to engage officers in a pursuit, refuses police orders to end the threat they are posing to the safety of officers and the public, tells the police that they have a gun, exits a vehicle and takes an aggressive shooting stance, extends their arms out and points an unknown object at the officers, they are subjecting themselves to the consequences of their actions, which may include being shot."