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Lawsuit filed in death of man shot by police at Scientology’s Inglewood ‘Ideal Org’

[Brian Statler]

On March 27, Inglewood police officers shot and killed a mixed-race man named Brian Statler they claimed “opened fire” on them while wielding a sword at Scientology’s Inglewood “Ideal Org” in Southern California.

Nearly a year later, we’re still waiting for authorities to release even the most basic information about the incident besides Statler’s name and age, 30. Such as, why did Statler pull up to the org in a new white Bentley automobile with dealer plates? Did he really arrive with a “samurai sword,” as news reports had it, or did he pull a sword off the wall at the org, where an “Excalibur” sword was displayed?

Also, if Statler was wielding a sword, how did he “open fire,” injuring the two police officers who killed him with gunshots? Did the police actually shoot each other in a cross-fire incident? And what was Statler doing that required shooting him dead?

And maybe most importantly, why was it the Scientology org that Statler went to?

After making a claim with the city which was rejected by the city council, Statler’s parents, Missouri resident Brian Statler Sr. and Pennsylvania resident Stacey Meadors, have filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Inglewood for killing their son.


We have the lawsuit for you to see, but you’ll soon find as we did that it’s extremely vague and short on details. The lawsuit simply asserts that Statler was a law-abiding person and was doing nothing on March 27 to justify being shot dead by police.

According to the complaint, Statler “was lawfully at that location when he was shot,” but there’s nothing about why he was there, why he was driving a Bentley, or whether he was armed with a sword.

The police, however, “unreasonably assessed the circumstances presented to them, and violently confronted Decedent without probable cause or reasonable suspicion that Decedent had committed a crime, or would commit a crime in the future.”

Then, “without warning, [the officers] discharged department-issued firearm(s) at the Decedent without provocation.” Even though Statler had “made no aggressive movements, no furtive gestures, and no physical movements which would suggest to a reasonable officer that Decedent intended to inflict substantial bodily harm against individual.”

The complaint also alleges that the police officers covered up their wrongdoing with false reports.

After the incident, there were Internet reports that Statler had some connection with a woman who worked at the org, but we were unable to confirm that at that time.

More recently, however, we received more information about the identity of the woman, who reportedly was mother of a young girl fathered by Statler.

We have reached out to the woman, who at that time worked at the Inglewood org as a receptionist (it’s not clear if she still does today), but she has not responded to us.

Neither has the attorney representing Brian Statler Sr. and Stacey Meadors.

We also got no answer when we asked the Inglewood police, yet again, to give us any information about what happened that day.

So, for now we’ll keep our eye on the federal court case and hope to get more information as the lawsuit progresses.

Here’s the complaint…

Statler v. Inglewood: Compl… by Tony Ortega on Scribd



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Source Code

“Take any given action. Let’s take kissing a girl, just take that as an action. I don’t know whether you’re familiar with this action or not, but — kissing a girl. All right. Now, let’s take a look at the various societies and their various regards of it. And you find out it’d be very interesting. The Marriage Counselors Society of Los Angeles. Of course, this is a very laudable action and therefore you are a very evil man if you don’t kiss a girl. If you’re not the type of man who kisses girls, then you’re an evil man. That’s according to the mores of the marriage counselors. Because of course the more girls that get kissed, the more business they have. Elementary. Elementary. All right. Now, let’s take the Sex Is Evil Society of New York City. The Sex Is Evil Society. All right. Every time you kiss a girl, you see, you are evil. So you’re an evil man because you kiss a girl. Now, you go down to Hollywood, for instance, and kiss a girl, they think you’re crazy. I didn’t mean it as a crack, and so forth. I didn’t mean it as a crack, a derogatory. In the first place, it couldn’t be derogatory because you can always explain cracks about Hollywood on the same basis, ‘It isn’t critical — it isn’t a critical thought because it’s true!’ You hear that?” — L. Ron Hubbard, January 16, 1962


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Posted by Tony Ortega on January 16, 2020 at 07:00

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