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San Leandro (California) Police Taser, Choke Man To Death; $395K Settlement

A San Leandro (California) family (plaintiffs) brought suit against the city and it's police after the tasing and choking of Jose Perez, Jr., in 2005 resulting in his death. The suit settled on May 24, 2007 without admission of guilt for $395,000.

Perez violated a restraining order by going to the apartment of Andrea Castillo, the mother of his two minor children. Police were called and Perez was allegedly uncooperative and required restraint. Perez struggled to grab a baton and policemen Corti and Degrano alternatively applied choke holds and tased him. A paramedic reportedly witnessed a carotid restraint and choke hold lasting 30 seconds until Perez's fingers turned blue. He was further tased in jail and subsequently died, the autopsy report showing methamphetamine and excitement caused death. The plaintiffs alleged 21 tasings and thyroid cartilage fracture. Suit was brought alleging wrongful death, excessive force, failure to train and supervise police negligence, emotional distress and tasing caused death by asphyxiation. The city additional funded an insurance annuity for an undisclosed amount for his children. See: T.P. v. City of San Leandro. Case No. 3:06 cv 06009 CRB (N..D. Cal. 2007).

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T.P. v. City of San Leandro