The parents of a man fatally shot by Los Angeles police last year after a car chase that was broadcast on live television filed a $20-million wrongful death lawsuit against the city.
In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court, Brian Beaird's parents allege officers violated their son's federal and civil rights by using excessive force in the Dec. 13 shooting. The suit names the city of Los Angeles and 10 unnamed officers as defendants.
"The shooting of Decedent was excessive and unreasonable, especially because Decedent was unarmed, the Decedent was vastly outnumbered by the Officer Defendants, and the Decedent did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious bodily injury to the Officer Defendants or to anyone else," the lawsuit alleges.
Live footage from KTLA-TV showed Beaird briefly raising his hands with his back to officers, then grabbing his stomach and falling to the ground after police opened fire.