A California man wounded during a Black Lives Matter protest is suing his LAPD cop uncle — accusing him of “maliciously” ordering for him to get shot with non-lethal projectiles.
Filmmaker Asim Jamal Shakir Jr, 23, spotted his uncle Eric Anderson among a line of officers at a Los Angeles protest last May, days after George Floyd’s murder, his lawsuit said.
“Eric!” he could be heard repeatedly exclaiming as he live-streamed the protest, publicly berating his uncle, saying that their “ancestors are turning over in their grave right now.”
“Look at me in my eyes, Eric! … You know how your daddy feeling right now? That could have been you!” he shouts at him, referring to Floyd’s murder under the knee of a Minneapolis cop.
Within seconds, Shakir dropped the phone and cried out in pain after a shot was heard.
He then shows a bloody right hand where he says he was hit with a non-lethal projectile.
“My own uncle told him to shoot me, bro,” Shakir said, claiming in the lawsuit that he was also hit a second time in the buttocks.
His lawsuit against his uncle and the city of Los Angeles claims the “the current ‘Warrior’ mentality’ that permeates the LAPD is “threatening to destroy a Black family to its core from within.”
“A police supervisor turned his trained wrath against a member of his own family, leaving a promising young entrepreneur, his own blood, scarred, and reeling in the wake of his malicious attack,” said the lawsuit, filed Monday.
Shakir told the Los Angeles Times that while he was not close to his uncle — his mother’s half-brother — he had hired him in Jan. 2019 to help with security when he filmed a TV pilot, “Land of No Pity,” about gang violence.
Either way, “there isn’t a paycheck in the world that should be worth your morals and values and family,” he told the paper.
His attorney, Carl Douglas, said it reaffirmed what it means when cops say, “‘We’re not white, we’re not Black, we’re blue.’”
“This case alarmed me and touched me like no other in my 42 years, because never have I ever heard of an officer knowing the subject of his abuse — let alone them drawing from the same bloodline.”
Shakir alleges that Anderson and other officers violated his civil rights by using unreasonable force and not following proper training procedures.
He is seeking unspecified damages after needing a series of medical, psychological and psychiatric treatments, the lawsuit said.
The LAPD told the L.A. Times that it does “not comment on pending lawsuits.”