Los Angeles filmmaker is suing LAPD, uncle, after being shot with rubber bullets during protests

A 23-year-old Los Angeles filmmaker is suing the city police after being shot with rubber bullets during a summer protest.

According to CBS Local-Los Angeles, plaintiffs include the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department – and plaintiff Asim Jamal Shakir, Jr.’s own uncle, who is an officer in the force.

According to the LA Times, Shakir was playing video games in his apartment when he heard the sounds of a protest against Black Lives Matter taking place outside. Curious – and still troubled by the recent murder of George Floyd – Shakir went outside.

Within minutes, Shakir said, the police outnumbered the protesters.

He decided to take action to reach out to black officers and ask them to take off their uniforms and join forces with protesters.

“The fact that George Floyd took his life and all these African American officers stood next to their colleagues and did more damage to the things we were protesting for was just very disturbing,” Shakir said in an interview on Tuesday.

However, Shakir then discovered his uncle, Officer Eric Anderson, among the LAPD forces.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Police Cars; Image courtesy of James via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/

“Our ancestors are turning in their grave right now, Eric!” Shakir shouted. “Look into my eyes, Eric! […] Do you know how your daddy is feeling right now? You could have been! “

The incident, according to the Los Angeles Times, was captured on another protester’s cell phone.

When Shakir continued to challenge his uncle, two shots can be heard – after which Shakir is hit by rubber bullets.

Shakir’s lawsuit alleges that his uncle ordered other officers to shoot him.

In his complaint, Shakir reiterates his belief that the police had an unjustified fear of him, that he “posed a serious threat to someone’s safety” just because he was black.

“This lawsuit shows the extent to which the current warrior mentality permeates the Los Angeles Police Department and threatens to destroy a black family from the inside out,” said the lawsuit.

Carl Douglas, an attorney for Shakir, said the lawsuit was noteworthy for the relationship between his client and one of the plaintiffs.

“Cops used to talk to other cops: ‘We’re not white, we’re not black, we’re blue.’ I always thought it was bullshit, “Douglas told the Los Angeles Times.” This case alarmed and touched me like no other in my 42 years because I have never heard from an officer who knows the subject of his abuse – let alone that they come from the same bloodline. “

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