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When a teenage driver fails to stop at a routine traffic stop and is subsequently pursued by police for the driving violation, you wouldn’t expect the chase to end with the young offender being pummelled to death by 120 bullets, would you?

In a tragic series of events on April 11, 2012, Abdul Arian was chased by Los Angeles police through the Valley for failure to heed a routine traffic stop.

According to a press release, within moments of getting out of his vehicle, holding nothing more than a cell phone, eight Los Angeles Police officers fired approximately 120 rounds into the unarmed young man, killing him on the spot. (1)

The press release goes on to state how Arian’s family are now suing the L.A. police for a total of $120 million, which equates to one million dollar per bullet for compensation for the loss the 19-year-old.

However, the events of the evening of April 11 on a major Los Angeles freeway were not quite as the press statement portrays.




Victim Told Police He Had a Gun

The case has understandably received considerable media attention already. According to several reports, during the chase, Arian made a 9-1-1 phone call, informing a dispatcher that he had a gun.

“I have a gun”, Arian reportedly told 911. “I’ve been arrested before for possession of destructive devices, I’m not afraid of cops. If they pull their guns, I’m gonna have to pull my gun on them.” (2)

The report continues to reveal how Abdul Arian eventually ended the pursuit by leaping from the passenger door of his car, pointing towards the police officers in the way that one would point a gun.

The ‘gun’ was in actual fact nothing more than a cell phone, but as it was past ten o’clock in the evening and dark, the officers could not make out what was in Arian’s hand, and shot at him between 90 and 120 times.

What some may regard as an ‘over-zealous’ killing of a person by police officers never fails to spark criticism and anger from the public.

While the family of Abdul Arian are understandably angry and seeking compensation due to the fact that their teenage son was riddled with bullets for effectively carrying out a traffic violation, from the police officers’ perspective, they thought that Arian was armed, dangerous and a threat to the safety of the public and the police.

As Tyler Izen, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League wrote in a statement:

“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. 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 consequence of their actions, which may include being shot.” (3)

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Police Misconduct?

What is particularly shocking about the case is not only the severity with which Arian was shot – 120 rounds of bullets is a lot of bullets to shoot at a person – but also the exorbitant amount of money the Abdul Arian’s family, under the legal guidance of a highly respected U.S. attorney, is suing the L.A. police for.

A full investigation into the police conduct of the case will be taking place, and according to the Galen & Davis press release it is Attorney Gallen’s hope that the case will result in the “reform of officer training and cultural diversity.” (1)

One of the most famous cases of police misconduct in the U.K. was in 2005, when a young Brazilian man, Jean Menezes, was shot in the head seven times at a tube station on the London Underground by the London Metropolitan Police.

Menezes had been misidentified as a terrorist fugitive that had been involved in the failed bombing attempts that had occurred in London the previous day, and just two weeks after the tragic London bombings of July 7, which had killed 56 people.

It later emerged that the 27-year-old Brazilian had had nothing to do with the London bombing and the attempted bombing in 2005. The case became highly controversial, sparking intense public debate over an apparent change in police policy.

Whist the shooting of Menezes and Arian were tragic, regrettable and controversial incidents, they show the acute challenges police officers face and the shrewdness, experience and skill that is required by the police to draw the line between public safety and accurately adjudicating the enemy.


References & Image Credits:
(1) PR Newswire
(2) (3) scpr.org

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