October 3, 2006

Police Sued Over Taser Death

The family of Jose Maravilla Perez Jr. has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against the San Leandro Police alleging excessive use of force, according to an article in the October 3, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle.

Perez died on October 20, 2005, after police were called to investigate him for possible violation of a restraining order at his girlfriend's apartment complex at 540 Callan Avenue. According to the results of an autopsy by the Alameda County Coroner, Perez suffered a broken neck and received 21 Taser applications. One of the Taser shots was received at the San Leandro jail after he was released from a restraining device.

The lawsuit was filed was well-known attorney John Burris on behalf of Perez' parents and children and seeks $10 million in damages. Burris has previously worked on the Rodney King and Oakland Riders cases.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at October 3, 2006 9:11 AM | TrackBack
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