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Man Shot by LAPD Officers After Chase Buried at Valhalla Cemetery in North Hollywood

The young man's family filed a $120 million claim against the city on Monday.

An attorney for a 19-year-old Winnetka man who was shot to death by police following a late-night chase through the western San Fernando Valley said today that the shooting "was like the wild wild West."

Abdul Arian was shot dozens of times by Los Angeles police after he led officers on a high-speed chase that ended on the Ventura (101) Freeway near Woodland Hills. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Arian called 911 during the pursuit, which began after he ran a red light, and told a dispatcher he was armed and was prepared to shoot officers.

At a news conference outside , where Arian's funeral was to start an hour later, family attorney Jeffrey M. Galen said the slain man "had everything to live for."

"(He) had a family of a loving father and mother and siblings," Galen said. "He was an American citizen, born in the United States. It is one of the most tragic things that has happened in Los Angeles County of this magnitude in years.

"This far outweighs anything that I have seen in my career, in excess of 25 years," Galen said. "For law enforcement to shoot a suspect 90 to 150 times. For what? When I personally viewed the body, I can tell you that he has gunshot wounds going through his temple -- in one side of the head and out the other. He's got gunshot wounds in his arms, his torso, his back, his legs. He's got graze wounds across his body.

"Once they started shooting at this young man, it was like the wild wild West," the attorney said. "It was something that was undignified, and something that we as a society cannot tolerate. ..."

According to police, Arian had told the 911 dispatcher during the pursuit: "I have a gun,"

"I've been arrested before for possession of destructive devices, I'm not afraid of the cops," Arian said, according to the LAPD. "If they pull their guns, I'm gonna have to pull my gun out on them."

Although Arian was not armed and was carrying only a cell phone, video shot by news crews showed him getting out of his car at the end of the pursuit and taking a shooting-type stance toward pursuing police just before officers opened fire.

The young man's family filed a $120 million claim against the city on Monday, with Galen saying eight officers filed about 15 rounds each at Arian.

"This (claim) equates to one million dollars per bullet in compensation for the grieving family," according to a statement released by Galen's office. "It is the hope of Mr. Galen that this action will result in the reform of officer training and cultural diversity."

LAPD officials told the Los Angeles Times officers fired about 90 rounds.

Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing LAPD officers, said the shooting was regrettable, but Arian ignored commands from officers and then appeared to be prepared to open fire at them.

"It is unfortunate that our society has come to the place where a lawful command from an officer goes ignored. Oftentimes, this sets into motion a regrettable series of events, as in this case," Izen said.

"When a person decides to engage officers in a pursuit, refuses police orders to end the threat they are posing to the safety of officers and the public, tells the police that they have a gun, exits a vehicle and takes an aggressive shooting stance, extends their arms out and points an unknown object at the officers, they are subjecting themselves to the consequences of their actions, which may include being shot."

Arian's family insists the officers could have used non-lethal measures.

Arian had been enrolled in the LAPD's Explorer Academy, which teaches teens about careers in law enforcement, but he was removed for "disciplinary reasons" in October 2009, according to the LAPD.

Northridge-Chatsworth Patch has been following this story since it broke, see previous stories:

John J. Nazarian April 18, 2012 at 04:33 AM
For sure this is all very sad, what was going in this young man's mind? However, if this city gives these people one dime that too will be a tragedy. All of what this kid did was to push the cops to shoot him. All of America saw what he did as he ran away, turning back as if to be aiming something at the cops in pursuit. IF, and I do say IF, this city gives this family one red cent, the cops should go on strike....no simpler than that. WTF is this country coming to? 120 bullets, too bad, he should have dropped after the first hit and the 'bullets' would have stopped. Tragic for what the kid did and tragic that the cops had to do what WE PAY them to do, and that does not mean to run and find " rubber bullets "....no that is not what they do. Based on 'jr's' behavior, what were they to do and lets not even mention what he told 911...... John J. Nazarian, P.I. straighttalkwithjohnjnazarian.com
Matthew April 18, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I agree with John. He is though but a troble maker so I am gland that he is dead.
San Fernando Curt April 18, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Since this money will be paid from public funds, it's the taxpayers who'll be stuck with $120 million bill for incredibly stupid behavior that got this kid killed. "When a person decides to engage officers in a pursuit, refuses police orders to end the threat they are posing to the safety of officers and the public, tells the police that they have a gun, exits a vehicle and takes an aggressive shooting stance, extends their arms out and points an unknown object at the officers, they are subjecting themselves to the consequences of their actions, which may include being shot." Duh. Policing is very dangerous and stressful work. I can't tell from the story it Arian was hit 90 times, 150 times (quite a difference), or if the police fired 90 times, which is a half-dozen officers emptying their pistols. If I thought someone was about to shoot me, I'd dump my gun in them, too.
deborah April 19, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Yes, in what country can you flee fom the police , tell 911 operator, that you have a gun, that been arressted for destuctive devices and kicked out of the Explorers. My daughter is a LAPD Cadet, and she was very troubled by this incident. In his homeland he could be executed for breathing. How dare his people blame the police. I understand greif, but his people will never see a dime. They should be paying the people for the mess they caused. My sympathy and support goes to the cops that Bless those officers now scarred by a young man th had to deal with his psuedo cop mentality, Bless those officers now scarred by a young man that put them into combat mode by BREAKING every law he could in that moment. Its a joke, not all "Americans" are Americans. LIke it or leave it. Their son would be ailve if he and any honor. Think of if he had a gun and the innocent people could have been killed , think of the people he put into danger with his running from law enforcment., Had any innocent victims been killed the police would be blamed and discharged for that . its clear , he asked for it. I am proud to be a part of the LAPD family, and my prayesrs are fro the families of the brave officers that did exactly what they should have done. This man was a criminal . It could have ben avoided. How ignorant of his family to think any true Amercian would award the one Lincoln cent. Sick of it,,,, Deborah Presley Brando
deborah April 19, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I think his family should go back to the country the came for and let their son reinact the sameactions, assumng they have freeways there, He would have been tortured then beheaded. Get real. Power to protect the people from invaders that try and make my counrty into theirs. B S. Bless our Angels in Blue. Listien to the 911 call. Thus man invited suicide by officers. God bless Allah
deborah April 19, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I am so mad, I cant even spell. typing so fast. I am not ignorant just pissed. SOOOOOOOO sickof this crap.
deborah April 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
why were my comments deleted ?
deborah April 19, 2012 at 04:53 PM
This man told 911 he had a gun,he had been kicked out of the explorers, was putting the public in danger . The police did their job. My previous comments were deleted. Aol remember freedom of speech,? Now you monitor my speech. I speak for many.
Lisa lala April 27, 2012 at 05:42 AM
In today’s enhanced technology, why does the plice force use firearms as a first option? I though it was the last resort. Also, why shoot him 90 times? Instead one shot on the foot was enough to apprehend him. I understand he was pointing an object at the police officers. were any bullets coming out of that object? Did the police hear shot guns? Why not use a different method in these situations. Pulling gun and treat everyone as killers and murders regardless of age is inhumane. I know, police officers are here to protect us but every situation should be handled differently. To avoid killing of innocent people Police officers need more training with different defense mechanism. Such as use of taser, syringe gun (tranquilizer), PAVA or CS spray or extendable ASP Baton. What if, instead of 19 year old man we had a 16 or 14 year old kid. The police would still acted in the same manner. Be logic, our officers are not fully trained. The quick decision to kill that young man raises a very sensitive issue. Watch the video and judge for your self.
Lisa lala April 27, 2012 at 05:43 AM
See the shattered windows on the building located behind the freeway. Are you kidding me! What if, some one was in that building? It is obvious LAPD made a very immature decision to shoot the young man regardless of who else could have been in danger in the surroundings area. The young man is a victim and police officers should find alternatives to resolve such situations. Firearms should be the last resort! I understand the young man made some irrational decisions by droving off and initiate the chase by endangering many others. OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT SWORN TO SERVE AND PROTECT! TO PROTECT, TO PROTECT REGARDLESS OF AGE, GENDER, RACE AND RELIGION! A rapist who rapes and kills innocent children, yet still has a right to defend himself, this young man did not get the chance!
Lisa lala April 27, 2012 at 05:43 AM
I realize that every one jumps to a conclusion. Do you guys allow use of excessive force against any citizen? The victim initiated the chase, I agree. But, the police force concluded the chase in a very brutal and unprofessional manner. We should not judge based on the video, we do not know what words were exchanged. The 19 year old was shot numerous times include in the back. If any one of you faces 8 cops with guns pointing at you, you would run too. Time will reveal the whole truth. The only way that the family can get justice is through suing the police. I want to know, killing a 19 year old in a country such as ours with 90 bullets is justified?????? This is America not a third world country, no more execution on the streets !!!!! I have seen the face of violence, do not allow hatred and injustice destroy this beautiful country!!
Lisa lala April 27, 2012 at 05:51 AM
In reference to the comment '' the family should go where they come from"'. This is a diverse nation, no one is native here except native Americans. You better get your facts straight! In reference to one's who are so concerned about the money that the family is Suing for, if you really care about what happens to the tax payer’s money, you better do a little more research. You won’t be very proud. Honestly I heard that most people are ignorant and so unaware of what is going on but now I believe that this country is full of them. I am an American citizen and I want this nation with a prosperous future for my children. I WILL NEVER ACCEPT KILLING ON THE STREET, WE ARE NOT A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY!!!!!!
deborah brando April 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
La La, You are the ignorant one. Let's put you in a black and white, to "Keep the Peace", our nations first layer of security, and you do your job, pulling someone over, let the little wanna be cop take charge, run from you and threatend to attack and kill you to the third party communication , you now have a person breaking the law you dont seem to give a damn about, then let's let you wear their shoes, serving protecting the public you have to make a call Its not a count the bullet game. Its fire to kill. Had he obeyed the laws of AMERICA . If it were my own daughter I would say the same. Ignorance is what he did and what you say, But that is the greatest thing about being an "American " you can say what you think. Use it dont abuse it.... Right, Mis LA LA . What if the moron had a semi automatic , and you and your kids were joy riding looking for a pizza place for dinner, for pizza, that night sown the freeeway, and the idiot did have a weapon LIKE HE SAID HE DID, instead of having pizza , you would be pizza. Pipe down and go on being "American. Being outnumbered on the coasts doesnt change the real face of America. Lets get some good ol southern boys, out here that will shut it down . Those Brave Officers deserve medals not horsecrap from you and other antiamerican "Americans" . Sorry, you really triggered me. Congrats. It takes a lot to do that . You are the winner, Boo hoo for you.
deborah brando April 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM
what an idiot ? One shot to the foot? You arent even worth the typing..... You must be either joking or a joke....
deborah brando April 27, 2012 at 03:30 PM
yeah LALA, but not protect the criminal, need a few more brain cells LALA
deborah brando April 27, 2012 at 03:34 PM
He had a chance to stop, LALA . He thoughhe was a cop.... He pulled the trigger... Shoot them in the foo? Maybe they hould have served him a late nght dinner to chat about it,,,,, I am really laughing now. Your name does you justice. Now don't be inciting any riots now MIss LA LA LA, wanna keep that foot for the pedi!!!!
deborah brando April 27, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Why ?????
deborah brando April 27, 2012 at 03:47 PM
First of all let me apologize for all of the typos, I am so mad when I write my fingers fly ,faster than my brain , and I push the send button too fast... I am sorry, just passionate and protective of my country, my law enforcment family .........

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