Who is Eric Anderson? LAPD officer sued by nephew for ordering cop to shoot him during George Floyd protests
The suit alleged that Anderson 'turned his trained wrath against a member of his own family' and left his nephew Jamal Shakir Jr 'scarred and reeling'
A 23-year-old is suing his uncle, who happens to be an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. The cop's nephew is a filmmaker, named Jamal Shakir Jr, who revealed that his uncle ordered another cop to shoot him when he had taken part in protests that sought justice for the death of George Floyd.
This particular protest site was in downtown LA and the events occured over a year ago in May. It was also reported by TMZ that Shakir Jr had attempted to get some of the cops present at the protest to take part in demanding justice for George Floyd.
Who is Eric Anderson?
Eric Anderson is the LAPD officer who ordered a fellow cop to take care of Shakir Jr during the protests. Shakir Jr's lawyer Carl Douglas said that Shakir Jr came face to face with his uncle Anderson during the protests. However, Anderson allegedly did not want to deal with his nephew. This is when he ordered another officer to shoot him using some sort of non-lethal weapon. The weapon was presumably loaded with rubber bullets and this was what Anderson wanted his nephew to be shot with.
Douglas also claimed that Anderson ordered two shots to be fired at Shakir Jr. These two shots had then struck Shakir Jr in the hand and the butt which had damaged his ligaments. It was also revealed that after a year, Shakir Jr continues to receive treatment for his injuries and has not recovered completely. Now, Shakir Jr has sued not only his uncle Anderson but has also gone ahead to sue the City of LA for civil rights violations, assault and battery, false imprisonment, and negligence.
According to the lawsuit, the incident was recalled as follows. The suit alleged that Anderson "turned his trained wrath against a member of his own family, leaving a promising young entrepreneur, his own blood, scarred and reeling in the wake of his malicious attack." According to Shakir Jr, his uncle "maliciously punished his own blood for merely calling him out against others protesting the tragic death of an unarmed Black man," at a protest that was peaceful. According to a report in CBS local, Shakir Jr also added, "To be able to do such a thing despite it being your family your blood or your own people it’s something that is tremendously affecting the entire community."
The lawsuit also stated that Shakir Jr was one among hundreds of protestors who had gathered peacefully protested Floyd’s death on May 29, 2020, near Fourth and Spring streets. Here, he had seen a skirmish line being formed by officers. The suit also further described the incident and said, "Terrified and fearful of further attacks, Mr. Shakir picks up his phone and begins running away from the officers, zigzagging as he runs hoping to avoid being shot again." Following this, Shakir Jr went to his home, after which he had been taken to the hospital by his friend. The lawsuit also stated, "This lawsuit demonstrates the heart-rending extent to which the current warrior mentality permeates the Los Angeles Police Department, threatening to destroy a Black family to its core from within."