LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has awarded $5.5 million to the family of a man who died after Los Angeles police repeatedly shot him with a stun gun.
KPCC reports Monday that jurors found officers used excessive and unreasonable force while trying to restrain Michael Frederick Mears on Christmas Day 2014.READ MORE: Kempe's Two Goals Help Put Kings Over Oilers, 5-1
Dale Galipo, an attorney for Mears’ parents, said four LAPD officers and a sergeant responded to the incident and used batons, fists and pepper spray to try to restrain him. He says an officer used a stun gun on Mears six separate times in three minutes.READ MORE: Woman Found Shot To Death In South LA, Shooting Suspect Still At-Large
A coroner’s report said Mears died as a result of an enlarged heart and other conditions, including cocaine intoxication and police restraint.
A spokesman for the city attorney’s office said officials are “reviewing our options.”MORE NEWS: Man Found Dead In Dumpster In South Los Angeles
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