A freeway chase which ended in a tragic shooting of a teen has caused a lot of controversy. People, specially Adbul Arian’s family are accusing the Los Angeles Police Department of using excessive force. The news article can be found by clicking here.
The family is now suing LAPD for 1 million per bullet, they are saying the total amount of bullets fired was 125, however not even the police department can confirm that number. The family is basing their lawsuit on the fact that the teen was unarmed. However, by watching the video one might understand the police’s response.
Viewing the video, one can see the teen making a body movement as if he was holding a gun, however his family is saying that he was holding a cellphone. It makes me wonder if the teen was in a stable mental state. Perhaps the situation might have caused some severe stress and made him act like he did.
During the chase, Arian did called 911 and told the operator that he had a gun and that he was definitely going to use it. According to the article, this is what he said:
“I have a gun,” was one of the statements police quoted the man as saying.
“‘I’ve been arrested before for possession of destructive devices, I’m not afraid of cops,” he said.
“If they pull their guns, I’m gonna have to pull my gun out on them,” he was also quoted as saying.
“I’m not gonna get hurt … these police, they’re gonna get hurt,” he said after the operator told him that he doesn’t wants Arian to get hurt.
I have to say, for now I am on the side of the police department. Arian, unfortunately did say he was armed and was going to hurt the officers. Sadly, that lie cost him his life. Also, the police started chasing him after an officer tried to pull him over for erratic driving, failing to stop the car, the police started a pursuit. As a citizen, it was his responsibility to stop the car, and perhaps he could of been alive right now. He, knowingly, was not driving properly and failed to stop the car after a cop tried to pull him over. I might be missing part of the bigger picture, but it seems like LAPD is justified for their acts, concerning this incident.
Arian wanted to be a cop, and this tragic accident has caused many controversy. People are saying that LAPD uses excessive force with other crimes too. I am positive that some human rights activist will pay even more attention now to LAPD.