PASADENA (CBSLA.com/AP) — A damages claim has been filed in the case of a man armed with a knife who died last month after being stunned with a Taser and subdued by Pasadena police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call.
The claim was filed with the Pasadena city clerk on Friday by attorney Caree Harper on behalf of a grandmother of Reginald Thomas and three women who are mothers of his children. Claims are a precursor to a lawsuit.
Harper held a news conference last week announcing her intent to file the claim.
The claim alleges that officers used violent physical force on Thomas and Fire Department paramedics were negligent.
Police say the man didn’t comply with orders, a Taser was used to disarm him and a fight ensued. A city statement says officers saw he was not breathing and performed CPR until paramedics took over.
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