It happened on live television. The 80-year old father of Brian Beaird watched a car chase live in December 2013 and saw his son shot to death by three Los Angeles police officers. According to the father, his son, an 8-year veteran of the National Guard, had been suffering from paranoia before the incident. Before the shooting he had talked to his son on the phone and been asked why the officers were following him.
The car chase ends in a crash, following which Brian Beaird emerges from the car and tries to flee. Blood flows from the back of his white shirt before he crumples to the ground. He had not been carrying a weapon.
Now Michael Ayala and Leonardo Ortiz are suing to get their jobs back. The two shooters were fired from the LAPD after an investigation into their use of lethal force was deemed “unjustified”.
In February 2014, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey decided not to file criminal charges against Ayala and Ortiz; however, the city paid out $5 million to Beaird’s family, the largest settlement for a police shooting Los Angeles has paid in a decade.