Court file: Brian Statler was never asked to leave Scientology org before being shot - 2021-07-31
Last week we learned a lot more detail about the 2019 shooting death of Brian Statler, 30, at the Scientology "Ideal Org" in Inglewood, California. We obtained evidence submitted in the Statler family's wrongful death lawsuit by the attorneys for the Inglewood police officers who shot and killed Statler. Those officers are asking for summary judgment in order to dismiss the lawsuit, but we found a lot to question about the evidence they submitted. Namely, that Statler turned out to be unarmed.
One of the most well-known elements in the incident was that Statler had showed up to the org with a "samurai sword," but in last week's documents we learned for the first time that after a security official at the facility told him the sword wasn't allowed, Statler calmly returned to his car and left it there. When police later showed up to confront him, he wasn't armed at all. They claimed that he had taken a mysterious black object from a table, and was sitting with his hands in his pockets and refused to cooperate with the two officers. When a scuffle broke out, they claimed that Statler had got hold of one of their pistols, and so the other officer shot him dead.
Yesterday, another substantial pile of documents was filed in the case, but this time it was from the Statler family, and it only raises even more questions about why Brian Statler was shot and killed.