The filing of the claim came a day after Police Chief Charlie Beck
said he was "concerned about the circumstances that led up to and
resulted" in the December 13 shooting, and he put the three officers
involved on leave until an investigation is done.
The car chase began when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies tried
to pull over the driver of a Chevrolet Corvette for reckless
driving, police said in a statement.
Los Angeles police officers took over the chase from the deputies,
and it ended when the driver crashed into another car at a downtown
intersection, exited his vehicle and was shot, the statement said.
No weapon was found on him, police said.
The driver was later identified as Brian Beaird, 51.
Brian Beaird was a veteran of the National Guard who was disabled
and had paranoia from the aftermath of a brain tumor, his family's
attorney, Dale Galipo, told reporters. Galipo said he filed a $20
million claim against the city on Friday over the shooting death,
which he called unjustified.
The chase and shooting were broadcast live on local television from
the vantage point of a news helicopter.
Bill Beaird of Fresno, Calif., told reporters he saw police
shoot his son live on television.
"I've seen a lot, but nothing affected me like this, I just can't
seem to get over that," he said.
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Under California law, a claim seeking redress must be submitted
before bringing a lawsuit against a municipality. Galipo said that
if he does not win a settlement for the family, he will file a
federal lawsuit against the city.
An independent review of the shooting death will be conducted by the
city's Board of Police Commissioners to determine if it fell within
the department's policy on the use of force, police said.
by Alex Dobuzinskis; editing by Eric Walsh)
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