Family of man shot by LAPD in Burbank demanding charges

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Family of man shot by LAPD seeking criminal charges
The family of a man shot by LAPD last year is seeking criminal charges against the officer.

BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- The family of a man who was shot and killed by police last year is now asking that an LAPD officer be prosecuted for manslaughter after the Los Angeles Police Commission found the shooting violated department policy.

Sergio Navas, a father of three, was shot and killed in March after fleeing an attempted traffic stop and leading officers on a chase from Toluca Lake to Burbank.

Officials said after Navas' vehicle and a police SUV nearly collided, Officer Brian Van Gorden opened fire, killing Navas. It was later discovered that Navas was unarmed.

This week, the Police Commission ruled the shooting violated department policy, with Police Chief Charlie Beck saying that a similar officer with the same amount of experience and training as Van Gorden would not have considered Navas a threat.

The family has already filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD. But after the commission's ruling this week they now want to see the officer brought up on criminal charges.

"We want justice," said Christel Emmet, the mother of Navas' three children, ages 16, 12 and 11. "First and foremost is justice."