Young filmmaker sues LAPD and his own uncle over injuries at BLM Protest

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
LA man sues LAPD, his own uncle over injuries at BLM Protest
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A Los Angeles man is suing the LAPD over actions by his own uncle, an officer, that he says led to his injuries at a Black Lives Matter protest last year.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A young filmmaker claims an LAPD officer, who happens to be his own uncle, ordered officers to shoot him with non-lethal projectiles during a Black Lives Matter protest last year.

On May 29, 2020, Jamal Shakir Jr. came down from his Spring Street apartment to join a BLM protest.

His cellphone video shows him confronting his own uncle, Eric Anderson, who was in uniform with other officers, and urging him to join the protest.

"Eric, Eric, look at me in my eyes, bro. Look at me in my eyes."

During the video, the sound of weapons discharging is heard and the camera image spins and falls to the ground.

Shakir, now 23, says he was hit twice by projectiles, once on his hand and once on his backside.

Shakir has filed a lawsuit against the LAPD and his uncle. The lawsuit calls for his uncle to be fired.

Jamal's attorney, Carl Douglas, says "Eric Anderson was the one giving instructions with his baton. Boom and he fired. Boom and he fired."

Shakir says: "The irony of this entire story is that I spent my entire life doing everything to prevent being a statistic of the criminal justice system. Or being a victim of the police brutality force just due to the fact of my circumstances of my mother and father being incarcerated at an early age."

Shakir, through his attorney, says he and his uncle are not close. However, he did hire his uncle to work security for a video shoot of his a year before the protests...

The LAPD tells Eyewitness News it doesn't comment on pending litigation.