VIDEO REPORT: Funeral Services were held for 19-year old Abdul Arian, the man who was shot to death by police following a late-night chase through the western San Fernando Valley.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Arian called 911 during the pursuit and told a dispatcher he was armed and was prepared to shoot officers. "I have a gun," Arian, an immigrant from Afghanistan, told a dispatcher, according to police. "I've been arrested before for possession of destructive devices, I'm not afraid of the cops."
"If they pull their guns, I'm gonna have to pull my gun out on them," Arian said, according to the LAPD. Although Arian was not armed and was carrying only a cell phone, video shot by news crews showed Arian getting out of his car at the end of the pursuit and taking a shooting-type stance toward pursuing police just before officers opened fire.
The young man's family filed a $120 million claim against the city Monday, with Arian family attorney Jeffrey M. Galen saying eight officers filed about 15 rounds each at Arian. "This (claim) equates to one million dollars per bullet in compensation for the grieving family," according to a statement by Galen's office. "It is the hope of Mr. Galen that this action will result in the reform of officer training and cultural diversity."