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"They shot him in the back": the family of a Latino with a disability who died shot by the police sues a California city


Guillermo Medina "was jogging slowly with nothing in his hands when (police) shot him in the back multiple times," according to the family's attorney, who alleges the 39-year-old was in a mental health crisis during the incident. on December 18 that cost him his life in Culver City.

The family of Guillermo Medina, a Latino man with mental health problems shot by police last December in Culver City (California), filed a lawsuit against the city on Tuesday, family lawyers announced.

"The publication of two security videos confirm that Guillermo Medina was jogging slowly and with nothing in his hands, surrounded by multiple officers, when he was shot in the back several times," the family's lawyer said at a press conference on Tuesday. V. James DeSimone.

The attorney said the police violated Medina's civil rights by using excessive force and failing to provide medical help on time.

Medina's family alleges that

the 39-year-old man suffered from schizophrenia

and was experiencing a mental health crisis when officers showed up at his home

on December 18

, after receiving a call about a domestic violence incident.

Guillermo Medina in a photo shared by his family's legal team.V.

James DeSimone

Agents said that upon arrival, Medina "was threatening the victim with a gun," according to a statement from the Culver City Police Department collected by the news portal MyNewsLA.

Medina fled in a car

after officers arrived but crashed during a police pursuit at the intersection of Culver Boulevard and Cardiff Avenue, the sergeant added.

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Getting out of the car, the man tried to run from police and, according to security camera footage, the officers shot him in the back multiple times as he ran in the opposite direction, according to attorney DeSimone.

Medina's relatives, including his wife, say they explained to officers when they came to the home for the domestic violence report that he had no intention of harming anyone and

asked them to handle it with caution, due to his disability

, so

according to MyNewsLa.

The family's lawyer claims that the officers remained motionless for more than a minute without giving Medina any aid after he was injured and that they even handcuffed him before providing medical assistance, despite the fact that he was already incapacitated, according to the lawsuit.

"There is no justice."

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Medina's family is seeking punitive and compensatory damages, though the lawsuit does not specify how much they are seeking to recover.

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"They knew or should have known that Medina did not pose a threat to their safety or the safety of others," attorney DeSimone said.

"It appears that Culver City and its police department engage in unconstitutional practices that not only condone, but encourage excessive use of force."

The California Department of Justice also received a copy of the video of the police arrest and shooting of Medina, as well as a request from the legal team to review the case and file charges against the officers involved.

The case of Guillermo Medina occurs at a time when the excessive violence of the police in their encounters with ethnic or racial minorities in the United States has returned to the center of the public agenda, after Tire Nichols, a black man, died After a brutal beating at the hands of five Memphis Police officers (Tennessee=.

Source: telemundo

All news articles on 2023-01-31

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