Tuesday May 1, 2018, HSR attorneys Josh Piovia-Scott, Dan Stormer, and Shaleen Shanbhag will go to trial in federal court in Los Angeles, representing the family of Charly "Africa" Keunang, a homeless African man shot by the LAPD in March 2015. In the highly controversial shooting, bystander and body-cam footage show that police escalated conflict in the moments preceding Keunang's death.
On September 12, 2017, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced that it will not bring criminal charges against the officer who shot and killed Feras Morad in May 2015. The family of Feras Morad is saddened and disappointed by District Attorney Jackie Lacey's decision not bring charges against the officer -- who shot and killed their unarmed son rather than providing him the medical assistance he needed -- but look forward to holding the officer, the Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach Police Chief Luna accountable for their actions in the family's civil case, which is set for trial on February 20, 2018. Joshua Piovia-Scott, a partner in the civil rights law firm of Hadsell Stormer & Renick, which represents Mr. Morad's parents and estate, stated "It is a travesty of justice that the DA's office did not file charges. If this was anyone except a police officer he would be in jail. We need to stop this DA supported killings by cops. We will hold them accountable before a jury of their peers, not some bureaucrat whose job it is to protect lawless police."
Today HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, filed suit on behalf of the family of Charly Keunang, an unarmed man brutally shot and killed by LAPD earlier this year.
Last week, HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott announced the filing of a wrongful death claim against the City of Long Beach and Long Beach Police Department on behalf of Feras Morad's family. Mr. Morad was shot and killed by Long Beach Police on May 27, 2015, a tragedy that could have been avoided.
HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott brought claims today against the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Police Department on behalf of the family of Feras Morad, the unarmed, injured, college student who was brutally shot by Long Beach Police on May 27, 2015. Despite witness accounts that Mr. Morad was not acting violently or aggressively, police opened fire, killing Mr. Morad. "The facts in this case are simple, straightforward, and obscene, said attorney Dan Stormer, "A young man was found bloodied, confused, and unarmed in daylight hours in a calm and peaceful Long Beach neighborhood...Had the police chosen to de-escalate this situation, a promising young man would be alive today."
GQ Magazine recently published a powerful and moving article detailing the life and death of Charly Keunang, an unarmed man brutally shot by LAPD in March. HSR Partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia Scott represent Charly's family in the ongoing fight for justice for Charly.
Following the 2012 fatal shooting of Jose De La Trinidad by the LA County Sheriff's Department, HSR, along with co-counsel, have obtained a $5.3 million settlement for Mr. De La Trinidad's family. HSR Partner Joshua Piovia-Scott, and co-counsel, worked hard to ensure justice for Mr. De La Trinidad and his family after he was brutally shot by deputies seven times, five times in the back, despite a witness account that Mr. De La Trinidad surrendered himself with his hands on his head at the time he was shot.
Funeral services were held this past Saturday, May 16, 2015, for Charly Leundeu Keunang, an unarmed homeless man who was shot and killed by LAPD officers in early March. HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott represent Mr. Keunang's family in their lawsuits against the LAPD in connection with the killing. Family, friends, community and church leaders, arrived at the Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles to give their final respects to Charly while urging for change to the unfair practices of the LAPD.
Last Thursday, HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, filed a $20 million dollar claim against the LAPD on behalf of Charly Keunang's family. Charly was killed by the LAPD on March 1, 2015. He was homeless, unarmed, and alone, and was shot six times after being confronted by six LAPD officers. The killing was captured on video and seen by millions of people around the world.
HSR partners Dan Stormer and Joshua Piovia-Scott, along with co-counsel, initiated legal proceedings against the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD on behalf of the family of Charly Keunang, the unarmed homeless man shot and killed by LAPD officers last month. The March 1, 2015 killing of Mr. Keunang was captured on video and seen by millions of people throughout the United States and around the world. Six heavily armed and highly trained LAPD officers approached Mr. Keunang on a busy street in downtown Los Angeles on a sunny Sunday afternoon. After attacking him with tasers, batons and their fists, they shot him four times in the chest (six times total) as he was held down on the concrete sidewalk. The entire incident took approximately three minutes. In addition to filing a $20 million dollar claim, HSR and Mr. Keunang's family have called on Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to conduct a thorough investigation and bring criminal charges against the officers responsible for the killing.