Family of 14-Year-Old Girl By LA Police Files Lawsuit – Los Angeles

A 14-year-old girl’s parents Los Angeles police kills in a clothing store last year have filed a lawsuit against the department and the officer whose rifle round pierced a dressing room wall.

Valentina Orellana Peralta and her mother were shopping for Christmas clothes on Dec. 23 at a Burlington store in the San Fernando Valley’s North Hollywood neighborhood. They were in a dressing room when they heard screams. Orellana Peralta locked their doors.

Daniel Elena Lopez, aged 24, was also behaving strangely in the shop and holding a lock to his bike. He brutally attacked two women, including one who fell to the floor before he dragged her by her feet through the store’s aisles as she tried to crawl away.

After receiving 911 calls, LA Police walked through the store in an organized fashion, as body-camera footage shows. Officer William Dorsey Jones Jr. pushed the other officers to the front, wielding his rifle. “slow down” “slow it down.”

According to video footage, the officers witnessed Lopez and a woman crawling across the blood-stained flooring. “Hold up! Hold up!”Another officer shouted as Jones fired three shots.

One of the bullets struck the dressing room wall and killed Orellana Peralta. Her mother, Soledad, was holding her. Peralta “felt her daughter’s body go limp and watched helplessly as her daughter died while still in her arms,”The lawsuit states.

Peralta was ordered by police to leave the dressing area and wait for officers. “what seemed like an eternity,”According to the lawsuit. She was not told her daughter’s death.

Her family, which had fled Chile to escape injustice and violence, remembers Orellana peralta as a happy teen who loved sports and animals, and who excelled in school.

Juan Pablo Orellana Larenas and Peralta, her father, claim that LAPD did not adequately train and supervise responding officers. “fostered an environment that allowed and permitted this shooting to occur,”The lawsuit states.

“Filing this lawsuit is the first step for Soledad and Juan Pablo in seeking the transparency and justice promised to them by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti following the fatal shooting of their daughter, Valentina,” the family’s attorney, Rahul Ravipudi, said in a statement Tuesday.

Ravipudi added: “It is their deepest hope that those responsible for her death will be held accountable and that changes will be made to LAPD policies, practices, and standards for using deadly force that will prevent yet another senseless tragedy at the hands of law enforcement.”

Police also shot Lopez and killed him. According to an autopsy report, Lopez was also on methamphetamine when he died.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, July 14, and claims wrongful death and negligence as well as negligently inflicting emotional distress. It also seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit names Jones and the LAPD as defendants.

The LAPD declined Tuesday to comment and it wasn’t immediately clear if Jones had an attorney who could speak for him. The city attorney’s office said it was reviewing the complaint and Burlington Stores Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The shooting is being investigated by the California Department of Justice and the LAPD.

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