Homicide

Family of man slain by Los Angeles police on Skid Row files $20 million claim against city

  • FILE - This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet, aka, Charly Leundeu Keunang, after his arrest for robbery.  Keunang was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. The family of Keunang has filed a $20 million claim against the city.  (Ventura County Sheriff via AP,File)

    FILE - This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet, aka, Charly Leundeu Keunang, after his arrest for robbery. Keunang was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. The family of Keunang has filed a $20 million claim against the city. (Ventura County Sheriff via AP,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Heleine Tchayou, center, the mother of  Charly Leundeu Keunang, a homeless man who was shot and killed during a confrontation on Skid Row by Los Angeles police, arrives at a news conference in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The family of Keunang has filed a $20 million claim against the city. (AP Photo/Tami Abdollah)

    Heleine Tchayou, center, the mother of Charly Leundeu Keunang, a homeless man who was shot and killed during a confrontation on Skid Row by Los Angeles police, arrives at a news conference in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The family of Keunang has filed a $20 million claim against the city. (AP Photo/Tami Abdollah)  (The Associated Press)

  • Heleine Tchayou, center, the mother of  Charly Leundeu Keunang, a homeless man who was shot and killed during a confrontation on Skid Row by Los Angeles police, arrives at a news conference in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The family of Keunang has filed a $20 million claim against the city. (AP Photo/Tami Abdollah)

    Heleine Tchayou, center, the mother of Charly Leundeu Keunang, a homeless man who was shot and killed during a confrontation on Skid Row by Los Angeles police, arrives at a news conference in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The family of Keunang has filed a $20 million claim against the city. (AP Photo/Tami Abdollah)  (The Associated Press)

The family of a homeless man shot and killed by Los Angeles police during a confrontation on Skid Row has filed a $20 million claim against the city.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1dwGczk ) that the claim filed Wednesday by Charly Leundeu Keunang's parents and sister says officers "initiated" the struggle that ended with the death.

The family accuses the city and the Police Department of excessive force, assault and battery, wrongful death and constitutional violations. City officials didn't immediately comment on the claim.

Cellphone video recorded the killing of the 43-year-old Cameroon national during an arrest, and several protests followed.

Investigators say Keunang became combative, grabbed for the gun of a rookie policeman and was shot by three other officers.

The officers were placed on leave, pending the investigation.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/