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Moments before LA County officers gun down unarmed 51-year-old Brian Beaird

Officers Who Shot Unarmed Man 21 Times On Live TV Will Not Be Charged

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Three Los Angeles officers who fatally shot an unarmed man during a live-televised car chase in 2013 will not face charges, prosecutors said Monday.

The Dec. 13, 2013 incident began when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies tried to pull over 51-year-old National Guard veteran Brian Beaird’s silver Corvette for reckless driving, police say.

After Beaird refused to stop, the officers took chase.

Helicopter footage filmed from the scene shows Beaird’s vehicle collide with another car at a downtown intersection. He exits his car and trots nonchalantly to the passenger side.

The footage shows officers Armando Corral, Leonardo Ortiz, and Michael Ayala open fire on the man 21 times, killing him.

The officers claimed they thought Beaird was reaching for a gun or shooting at them, though video does not show him taking any threatening actions.

Watch the raw footage:

“I find that the tactics utilized by [the officers] substantially and unjustifiably deviated from approved department tactical training, thus requiring a finding of administrative disapproval,” Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said back in 2013 at the time of the incident.

Prosecutors said Monday that there was “insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that [the officers] did not act in self-defense and in defense of others.”

Beaird’s family obtained a $5 million civil settlement from the city over the shooting in August of last year.

  • Karin

    “The officers claimed they thought Beaird was reaching for a gun or shooting at them, though video does not show him taking any threatening actions.” I MEAN COME ON ARE YOU KIDDING ME.

    • dog

      obviosuly the chase itself was a ‘threatening action’ – i think the piece is referring more to after the man had exited the car. he simply jogs to the other side of the car and gets shot. he mad no threatening action THEN

      • Rick Fader

        If YOU are chasing ME….how am I making threatening actions towards YOU?

  • Larry Brothers

    They murdered him. Period.

  • Jonathan

    No one knows how they will react when finding them self confronting an army of thrill killers. When your fight of flight mechanism kicks in, you’re dead meat. Executed. Thrill Killed. We’ve got to prosecute the D.A. Chief and Mayor. You heard Donald Drumpf. Hit somebody, Kickem, Punchem. I guarantee you, I’ve got your back! The mayor pockets the money Taxpayers pay for police criminal’s crimes.