On Wednesday, August 1st, 2018, the Cochran Firm California held a press conference where they declared their wrongful death and negligence claim against the Los Angeles Police Department. Head attorney Brian Dunn led this press conference. After the claim was made, Dunn allowed for reporters to ask questions to the Cochran Firm. These are some of the questions asked, followed by their responses.
Q: What do you think about the LAPD’s new “Community briefings” and the way they present these videos from the body cameras?
Dunn: Well, I applaud the concept of transparency. But what I saw was that this was one sided. And I think it was a little disingenuous for them to play a 911 call, where a woman is clearly in distress, when this is not part of what the officers knew. This is something that I think couldn’t be calculated, and I would never let this play in a trial.
Q: Do you have any experience with the smart teams? Have they ever been used successfully in your experience?
Q: How long does it take to get one there?
Dunn: It all depends on where they are and what’s happening. I don’t know if you can actually generalize as to how long something like this would take.
Q: Should the police have fired at all?
Dunn: It all depends on what they were facing, but the thing is, the concept of shooting is always based on the perception of the officer. If you don’t know what your partner’s doing, then you’re not going to be in a situation where you can have a combined tactical response. The response should have been a hostage protocol. And if you really want to know the hostage protocol, it’s a single shot to the head. 18 shots in this vicinity is under any person’s estimation a complete departure from that.
Q: Has LAPD contacted any of your clients so far? They’re supposed to give them services after they’ve talked to them.
Dunn: They made an effort to contact them with their regards, but I do not know if it was Chief Moore or not.