Family of Brain Damaged man sues Sacramento Police
The family of a man left with the mental capacity of a preschooler after an encounter with Sacramento police has filed an excessive force lawsuit against the city. The lawsuit stems from a March 6 incident in which police responded to the parking lot of a Rite Aid, where 34 year old John Hernandez was reported to be belligerent and attempting to fight random people passing by. The lawsuit alleges that officers used their Tasers over nine times on Hernandez, hit him multiple in the back and neck with batons, and used their body weight to hold him down. Attorney John Burris, who filed the federal suit on behalf of the Hernandez’s family, states,
This person was perfectly healthy when he came into contact with police. He came away with significant brain damage.
According to the Office of Public Safety Accountability, officers tackled Hernandez and were met with “violent resistance.” Four additional officers soon arrived and attempted to restrain Hernandez and he was eventually handcuffed. He was alert and conscious when he was detained, but he apparently stopped breathing and became unresponsive. Police called for medical aid and paramedics administered CPR for about 25 minutes, but medical records showed Hernandez was without oxygen for about 10 minutes, leaving him with severe brain damage, kidney failure and other injuries. We will have to wait and see what will become of the lawsuit.