Mother Sues Police Department For $15 Million For Tasering Mentally Disabled Son To Death
We reported earlier this year on a tasering incident in California where a mentally challenged man was suspected of trying to rob a woman’s home.
The mother of the man, who later died at the hospitbal, is now suing the Riverside County Sherrif’s Department for $15 million after she says her son died as a result of excessive tasering by police officers who claimed he was a robbery suspect.
via CBS Los Angeles
The family of a man who died after a confrontation with deputies is suing the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for $15 million, alleging officers were directly responsible for his death.
Valerie Williams’ 27-year-old son Anthony Lawson died a year ago this week, after Williams said her son was hogtied, beaten with a baton and stunned with a Taser by Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies.
“I try to block it out, ’cause I really don’t want to see what I seen that night,” she said. “When I turned to the right side of him he just looked at me and I knew he was gone.”
Officers reportedly tried to question Lawson about a home burglary when they say he ran, resisted commands and became combative.
Williams hired Los Angeles attorney Randy McMurray, who said deputies overreacted despite knowing Lawson personally. According to McMurray, deputies were aware that Lawson had mental and physical health issues.
“His response was that of a person with a mental illness, not of a fleeing felon,” he said.
Though Lawson did serve time in prison for theft, his mother said he was a good person who was not burglarizing homes the night he died. He was unarmed, according to his family.
This is a sketchy story with some holes in it. We will continue to keep you updated as more details emerge.