Family of Man Killed by Police on Live TV File $20 Million Federal Lawsuit

By Andrew Lopez
|  Saturday, May 17, 2014  |  Updated 10:59 AM PDT
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Family of Man Killed by LA Police File $20 Million Suit

The driver of a Chevrolet Corvette, identified as Brian Beaird, 51, of Oceanside, can be seen moments before he's shot by LAPD officers after a violent pursuit on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

The family of a man killed by Los Angeles police officers on live television following a pursuit filed a $20 million federal civil rights lawsuit against the city Thursday.

Attorney Dale Galipo questioned why no officers were being criminally prosecuted for the Dec. 14, 2013 shooting of Brian Beaird during a news conference in downtown Los Angeles.

Read: Father Saw Son Killed by LA Police on Live TV

Beaird, a National Guard veteran of eight years, swerved and sped through South Los Angeles in a Corvette for more than a hour before T-boning another car in an intersection. When Beaird exited the car, he appeared to be walking away from officers with his hands up when he was shot.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said after the shooting that three officers fired between 15 and 20 bullets.

Beaird’s father, Bill, said he was on the phone with his son while he was being pursued. He advised Brian to stop before seeing the shooting on TV.

“I’ve seen a lot, but nothing has affected me like this,” Bill Beaird said during a news conference in December. “I just can’t seem to get over this.”

The Beaird family filed another $20 million claim against the city back in December.

Galipo filed an excessive force claim on behalf of the family of a La Mirada man who was shot and killed by Long Beach police officers.

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