Dad: I Saw Cops Kill My Son—on Live Television
LAPD shooting followed car chase
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2013 5:00 PM CST
A screen grab from KTLA video of the incident.   (KTLA 5 video)

(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.

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Dec 23, 2013 3:04 AM CST
Police must stop the execution of citizens just because they have to chase someone. There is NO justification in it, and if one of their (police) family members were the ones who were being chased and shot, they would be the FIRST in line to protest an unjustified shooting But the bigger question is WHY hire " THUGS" to wear a uniform??? To me, they are just as dangerous as the people they are hired to protect us from. If I were the police chief, I would fire them in a split second!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 23, 2013 1:32 AM CST
This is so sad. But why? why did he have to run???
Dec 22, 2013 1:04 PM CST
Running from the police puts a lot of innocent people in danger. The police should assume he is dangerous, not only to them but others. Having said that, the Police MUST exercise prudent judgment before firing at someone especially if they are giving up and getting out of their vehicle. If they were overzealous and killed this man wrongfully they should face prosecution.