After a San Diego man died while in police custody, his family asked police and other county officials why their brother and son passed away so suddenly and whether he was mistreated in the hours before his death. But although the incident occurred more than three months ago, the family is still waiting for answers. They are now considering a wrongful death lawsuit, hoping that it will compel authorities to give them the information they are looking for and that it will bring them closure.
According to police reports, the incident began when the man was escorted from the lobby of a California resort just after midnight on Aug. 21. About an hour later, officers were called to a nearby neighborhood and reportedly found the man lying on the sidewalk. He allegedly tried to run away when he saw the police officers, but they were able to apprehend and handcuff the man.
After placing handcuffs on the man, the arresting officer reportedly noticed that the man was having trouble breathing. Paramedics came to the scene and took the man to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 47 years old.
In the months since their brother and son died, the man's family has been waiting to learn the details surrounding the incident. However, all they have heard from police and the district attorney's office is that their investigation is ongoing, with no prediction as to when it will be complete.
The man's family is understandably frustrated about the lack of information surrounding the man's death, which is why they are considering the wrongful death suit. "It will all come out in the end, but we just want justice," said the man's brother. "We want somebody to be held accountable for their actions."
Source: The Desert Sun, "Issues linger in death of San Diego man," Kate McGinty, Nov. 13, 2011