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Lawsuit Seeks "answers for each and every bullet" That Killed Young Man Fleeing Cops on 101 Freeway
By Sam Brodey
The family of Abdul Arian, the 19-year old Winnetka man who was fatally shot by police after a car chase, are filing a $120 million federal lawsuit against the city and the Los Angeles Police Department.
On the night of April 11, Arian led police officers on a lengthy high-speed chase on the 101 Freeway. He was stopped in Woodland Hills, where police officers fired more than 120 rounds at him, immediately killing him after he ran from his car.
The $120 million lawsuit - $1 million for every bullet, as Galen put it - centers around the claim that LAPD used excessive and unnecessary force in subduing the fleeing young man, according to City News Service. "The magnitude of bullets in this case was outrageous,” Galen said this morning at a news conference downtown. “We are seeking answers for each and every bullet," he said.
A claim filed in April was initially rejected by the city, opening the possibility for the lawsuit that was filed today in U.S. District Court. The LAPD said they would issue no comment on a pending lawsuit. In April, Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, expressed his regret over the incident but placed the blame on Arian.
During the chase, Arian called 911 to notify police that he was armed and ready to kill officers. He was found only with a cell phone.