City of Inglewood: Brian Statler shouldn't have resisted arrest and forced us to shoot him dead - 2020-04-21
The City of Inglewood has answered the lawsuit filed by Brian Statler's family, and in predictably generic language denies that its police officers did anything wrong when they ventilated the 30-year-old mixed race man on March 27, 2019 at the Church of Scientology's Inglewood "Ideal Org."
Since that tragic incident we've been trying to get answers about Statler and the police, and readers know that it's been very slow going — the city never released more information than Statler's name and age, and most of what we know came from reports at the scene, none of which has been very well confirmed. According to those reports, Statler had arrived in a new white Bentley and was wielding a "samurai sword" at the org. Police were called, some kind of confrontation occurred, and Statler was shot dead. Bizarrely, the city initially said that Statler "opened fire" on the officers, who were each injured, but the police department has never explained how a man armed with a sword could "open fire" and shoot the officers who killed him. (We suspect the officers may have injured each other with crossfire, which is why the city is so reluctant to discuss the case publicly.)
The federal civil rights and excessive force lawsuit was filed by Statler's parents, Missouri resident Brian Statler Sr. and Pennsylvania resident Stacey Meadors, and was recently joined by Statler's unnamed 3-year-old daughter, who is being represented by her mother, Decery Capponi, who works for the Church of Scientology and has worked as a receptionist at the Inglewood org.