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Los Angeles County Settles Suit Alleging Wrongful Arrest and Excessive Force Resulting in Death for $475,000

The County of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $475,000 to the estate of a man who died after being placed in the Total Appendage Restraint Procedure (TARP).

The man, Devin Eichenlaub, was confronted by Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies on October 29, 2006, because they believed he was acting suspiciously and was in possession of a weapon. Eichenlaub then ran, but a deputy grabbed him. A lengthy struggle ensued. After he was placed in handcuffs, he continued to struggle and kick the deputies. They then placed him in a TARP device, which is made of one-inch wide polypropylene webbed belting with a tested strength of 700 pounds. Also known as a hobble restraint, the device has a one-inch wide steel, alligator jawed, friction locking clip and steel-snap swivel. It is a minimum of 42 inches.

Once the clip end is placed around the suspect’s feet, the steel-snap swivel is snapped onto the chain of the handcuffs. The suspect is then placed on his side and paramedics are summoned. Within several minutes of their arrival, Eichenlaub stopped breathing and died. His parents sued, alleging he was wrongfully stopped and beaten. The settlement was accepted on December 4, 2008 and includes an award for litigation costs in an amount to be determined later. See: Eichenlaub v. County of Los Angeles, USDC, C.D. Cal., No. CV 06-06979-GHK.

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Eichenlaub v. County of Los Angeles

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