What began as a response to reports that an alleged homeless person was looking into cars and rattling door handles at a transit area in Fullerton ended in the violent death of a man who suffered from schizophrenia. After encountering the suspect and determining that he was being difficult and not complying, two police officers used physical force that turned deadly.
According to a Huffington Post article, one of the officers reportedly put on gloves and threatened to punch the man by placing two fists in front of him, topping it off with a verbal threat. The beating of the homeless man lasted approximately 10 minutes, with the officers pinning him so hard to the ground he had difficulty breathing. Prosecutors claimed that the man was shocked with a Taser four times, kneed in the head, punched in the ribs and hit eight times with the butt of a stun gun.
The cause of death was identified as mechanical compression of the thorax, which prevented the man from breathing normally and caused oxygen deprivation of the brain. Injuries to the man’s face and head also contributed to his death.
One officer has been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter while the other has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force.
It is shocking when violent incidents like this take the life of person. Citizens expect law enforcement to protect and serve, not carry out unnecessary and fatal acts of violence. A victim of battery can suffer a wide range of injuries such as brain injury, head trauma and spinal cord injury. A southern California battery victim lawyer protects the rights of a person who has been injured due to physical force so that he or she can hold the attacker legally responsible. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, we are dedicated to providing our clients with their fair shot at justice. For more information about how our personal injury attorneys can help you, call 213-514-8332. Our unwavering commitment to our clients leads to successful case results.