A father who watched his son be killed by police on live television was left so distraught he couldn't speak, and is now suing the state of California.
Bill Beaird was trying to talk his son into giving himself up during a police chase in downtown Los Angeles when the son's car crashed, the New York Daily News reported.
Shortly after, police officers fired on Brian Beaird, killing him.
"I've seen a lot, but nothing has affected me like this," Bill Beaird told media.
"But I just can't seem to get over this."
Now Bill Beaird is now making a $20 million claim against the LAPD, the first step in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Brian Beaird had led LAPD officers on a one hour chase, going the wrong way down a number of streets, driving erratically and running traffic lights.
Bill Beaird was on the phone to him during the pursuit, but couldn't convince him to pull over.
"He kept asking why the police were chasing him," the elder Beaird said.
The chase ended when Brian crashed his corvette into another car.
As the man stumbled out, the LAPD opened fire with what first appeared to be non-lethal bullets, but soon turned deadly.
Bill Beaird was suffering from mental illness at the time of the chase, his father said. Brian had a tumour removed from his brain, which led him to have extreme paranoia and other symptoms.
Local news broadcast the police pursuit live, with Bill Beaird watching the whole thing in real time.
"This shooting is completely unjustified," said family attorney Dale Galipo.