Often when a loved one of yours dies in custody in jail or prison, the officers or jailers involved do not give a detailed explanation of what happened and sometimes they can even be misleading. In situations like this, such causes of death will include “excited delirium,” or death due to drug intoxication, preexisting medical conditions, or many other various reasons that often do not add up. Without the assistance of our skilled attorneys to fight for your rights, the officers or state agencies involved may never reveal the truth of what really happened behind those cold steel jail cells. That is why we exist so that we can seek justice on your behalf and fight for what is right. We will demand the answers that you seek, and we will fight tooth and nail when the evidence strongly suggests that the death of your family member was preventable or even wrongful.
Police officers and correctional officers alike can use too much force as prisoners also have constitutional rights that should be protected. On occasion, a correctional officer will forget this right or outright reject it when they overreact to a situation to the extent that an inmate suffocated due to an improperly trained or overzealous guard. At the Sehat Law Firm, we will take our time to evaluate cases that suggest such officers have caused an inmate/family member to die by excessive force.
Our Attorneys Handle Excessive Force Cases in Los Angeles and Beyond
The Sehat Law Firm has handled many cases that involve illegal methods such as hog-ties, spit hoods, use of OC chemical spray, and officers who apply excessive pressure to a person’s upper back or neck area which can impair their breathing. Officers are supposed to be trained appropriately to avoid methods like these which can stop the person’s breathing, but in situations like the George Floyd case –where the officer clearly failed to notice or more likely blatantly ignored his plea for help—they have not been properly trained. Far too often in jails and prisons officers will apply force to the point of causing death by suffocation or asphyxiation from the lack of air.