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Family of Abdul Arian sues city for $120 million — $1 million for every shot fired, they say

Abdul Arian

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A drawing from Abdul Arian's autopsy shows multiple bullet wounds. Arian's family is suing LAPD, claiming they used excessive force when officers shot and killed the 19-year-old.

Abdul Arian was shot and killed by LAPD officers after a freeway chase April 11, 2012. Today, his family announced they're suing the city for $120 million — that's $1 million for every shot they say police fired at the teen.

The family's attorney, Jeffrey Galen, said it was the worst case of excessive force he's seen in his 25-year career, and that more accountability is needed to keep police shootings from escalating.

"It would have been excessive to fire just one shot," Galen said. Meanwhile, he said police and the city have been uncooperative in giving the family information about the night of Arian's death. The lawsuit, he said, is to seek justice and to seek answers.

The incident made national headlines. After a chase, Arian, 19, stopped his car, blocking lanes on the 101. A police car then hit the car's drivers side door, and Arian ran out the other side of the car. Video from a news chopper shows Arian running back and forth across the freeway, sometimes taking an odd stance (which some have described as a "shooting stance"), before he's fatally shot.

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Family of teen killed by LAPD officers suing the City of Los Angeles

Abdul Arian

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Photo of 19 year old Abdul Arian stands outside his memorial service at Valhalla Memorial Park. Arian was shot to death by LAPD after he led them on a high speed chase and reportedly told 911 he was armed.

Abdul Arian was shot and killed by LAPD officers after a freeway chase April 11, 2012. His family is expected to announce Monday that they're suing the city for $120 million in federal court.

After a chase, Arian, 19, stopped his car, blocking lanes on the 101. A police car then hit the car's drivers side door, and Arian ran out the other side of the car. Video from a news chopper shows Arian running back and forth across the freeway, sometimes taking an odd stance (which some have described as a "shooting stance"), before he's fatally shot. 

Arian was unarmed, but police have said he called 911 and told dispatch he was carrying a gun and was ready to engage with police. That recording hasn't been released, but police did release a partial transcript of the conversation. In it, Arian is quoted as telling the dispatcher, "I have a gun," and "If they pull their guns, I'm gonna have to pull my gun out on them."

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Facebook pages show troubled last days of man shot on 101 Freeway

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A screenshot from Abdul Arian's Facebook timeline header showing that he had photos of police vehicles on his profile.

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Ray Boo Karimee poses with his younger cousin Abdul Arian.

Abdul Arian - Facebook

This image from Abdul Arian's Facebook page came with the caption, "Just always after me."


Abdul Arian’s friends and family are writing on Facebook that the young man was happy, humorous and full of life, and are dismayed by the tragic end he met last night on the 101 freeway.

Arian, 19, was shot and killed in Woodland Hills at about 10 p.m. after a high-speed chase ended with him getting out of his car and attempting to run. It remained unclear why he was originally fleeing police in the car chase that ultimately ended in his death. 

On his Facebook page, Arian’s older cousin Ray Boo Karimee expressed outrage and disbelief at the shooting, “God bless you my little cousin,” he wrote, before lambasting police for “just shooting poor innocent kids! He wanted to be a cop himself!”

Karimee also mourned for Arian’s “mom and dad and sister and a little brother,” and asked, “Where is justice?”

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