SAN DIEGO - The family of an Oceanside man who was shot and killed following a police pursuit in Los Angeles has filed a claim with the city seeking $20 million in damages.
During a news conference Friday, attorney Dale Galipo, who is representing the family, called the shooting "unjustified" and said the man "posed no immediate threat to anyone's life."
Brian Beaird, 51, was shot after crashing his Corvette into another car. He then got out of the Corvette, briefly raising his hands with his back to officers.
"I've seen a lot but nothing affected me like this … I can't seem to get over this," said Beaird's father, Bill.
He fought back tears as he expressed the horror of learning the killing he watched on live TV was his own son. He says he tried to convince his son to pull over during the chase but he did not.
Family members say Beaird was paranoid and afraid of the police, which is why he did not stop.
"Even though his decisions were bad, the decisions of the officers pale in comparison to what my brother did," said Beaird's brother, John.
Three officers involved in the shooting have been put on leave.