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Funeral held for man fatally shot by police on 101 Freeway

April 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A funeral was held Tuesday for Abdul Arian, a 19-year-old man fatally shot by police Wednesday. His family announced Monday a $120 million claim against the city of Los Angeles.

Abdul Arian was buried in North Hollywood. They blame the LAPD and say the shooting was not justified. They say their son was shot 120 times and they have filed a claim against the city for $120 million.

It was an emotional service Wednesday as Arian was laid to rest. Hundreds turned out to pay their last respects.

Arian's mother and sister were in tears as they walked to the spot where he was buried. The family says they want justice.

"Once they started shooting at this young man it was like the 'Wild Wild West,'" said family attorney Jeffrey Galen.

The shooting happened Wednesday in Woodland Hills after a police pursuit ended on the 101 Freeway. During the pursuit Arian allegedly called 911 and told dispatchers he had a gun and was willing to use it.

When the pursuit ended, he ran from his car while pointing at police. Eight officers shot at Arian. Arian was declared dead at the scene. No weapon was found. Galen says Arian was pointing a cellphone. Police say Arian had assumed a "shooting stance."

Monday the family held a protest outside the LAPD's Devonshire Station in Northridge. They said officers shooting 120 rounds at the young man was a misuse of force.

"He's got gunshot wounds in his arms, his torso, his back, his legs. He's got graze wounds across his body," said Galen.

The LAPD is conducting an internal investigation, the standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.

Altogether there are three separate investigations into the shooting. These investigations will take several weeks.

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