Dad: I Saw Cops Kill My Son—on Live Television

LAPD shooting followed car chase

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 21, 2013 5:00 PM CST

(Newser) – An 80-year-old in Los Angeles says he witnessed the police kill his son on TV news. On Dec. 15, east LA sheriff's deputies were following a silver Corvette for reckless driving and possible DUI, officials said. LAPD officers joined in before the car crashed into another vehicle and a fire hydrant, KTLA reports. During the chase, the driver, Brian Beaird, 51, called his father and said hadn't committed any wrongdoing, father Bill Beaird later told reporters.

Following the call, the elder Beaird saw the chase on TV; eventually, he realized that the driver was his son, the Los Angeles Times reports. In KTLA live footage, Brian Beaird, his back to officers after getting out of the car, lifts his hands before police begin shooting. Bill Beaird "literally watched his son killed on live TV—he sees it as murder," says a lawyer for the family, which has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the city. Brian Beard wasn't armed, police say. The officers involved have been put on leave as an investigation takes place.

A screen grab from KTLA video of the incident.   (KTLA 5 video)
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