LAPD Responds to $5 Million Settlement with the Family of Man Shot after Vehicle Pursuit

LAPD Newsroom | August 20, 2014

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles City Council today announced that a $5 million settlement has been reached to compensate the family of Mr. Brian Beaird. The settlement was reached to resolve any damage claims made by Mr. Beaird’s family.

On December 13, 2013 at approximately 10:15 p.m., Newton Patrol Division uniformed officers were involved in a vehicle pursuit of a Chevrolet Corvette for reckless driving. The vehicle pursuit terminated when the Corvette struck a vehicle in the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street. When the suspect exited his vehicle, an officer-involved shooting (OIS) occurred. No weapon was recovered. Mr. Beaird was transported to local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“This was a terrible tragedy and I want to express my heartfelt sorrow to the Beaird family. I am truly sorry for their loss,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “The investigation into this Officer Involved Shooting has not yet been completed, and until I have all the facts presented to me I cannot make a judgment or discuss what may happen to the involved officers.”

It is anticipated that the investigation will be presented to the Board of Police Commissioners within the next 90 days. The officers involved in this incident have been blankigned home pending the outcome of the investigation.

The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, Office of the Inspector General and the Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department’s Use-Of-Force policy which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable. Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer-involved shooting.

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