Brian Statler's family wins right to police report and Scientology surveillance footage - 2020-08-17
More than a year ago, a 30-year-old mixed race Black man named Brian Statler was gunned down by two Inglewood Police Department officers at the Scientology church in that Los Angeles suburb, reportedly after he had showed up with a "samurai sword."
The city of Inglewood has never said anything more about the March 27, 2019 incident other than Statler's name and age, and the Los Angeles Times is characteristically uninterested in a story involving Scientology, even though it also involves a Black man being killed by police.
What actually happened that day? Neither the city of Inglewood nor Scientology is saying anything about it. And in order to get some answers, Statler's parents and his 3-year-old daughter have filed a lawsuit against the city. An amended complaint was filed in March, and in July Brian's sister Krystle gave us some new details about the case, confirming that Brian had gone to the Scientology org in order to see Decery Capponi, the mother of his child who worked at the church. Krystle says that Capponi was kept out of sight and did not see Brian during the incident.