Photo: Parents of KIlled Suspect File Lawsuit Against Los Angeles Police
The parents of a Hispanic member of a street gang who was gunned down by police when he tried to evade arrest announced Friday that they are suing the Los Angeles Police Department.
The attorney representing the family of Frank Martinez argued that cops shot at the suspect, who was unarmed at the time, without justified cause.
“Officers said they shot at him first (before he could shoot at them) - that turned out to be a lie” since agents found no weapon at the scene of the incident nor on the suspect, said Frederico Sayre, who represented Rodney King in a famous case against the LAPD.
According to police, Martinez, 27, was wanted in relation to a double-murder that occurred in November 2011 and they tried to serve him with an arrest warrant on March 1 at the house where they knew he was staying.
As police asked for him at the front door, Martinez went out the back of the house and climbed on the garage roof, according to the authorities’ report.
Once on the roof, the unarmed suspect refused to obey police orders and with his hand inside a pocket pretended to aim a gun at the officers, the police report said.
It was then that three LAPD officers and an FBI agent shot him.
Authorities said they would continue investigating the circumstances of Martinez’s death.