Abdul Kamara Died After Being Placed In WRAP Restraint Device By The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

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VISTA, CALIFORNIA (March 11, 2024) – A 29-year-old man identified as Abdul Kamara has tragically died following his arrest by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

San Diego County officials are saying that the incident began around 3:00 a.m. on March 6. Police were called to a Cardiff McDonald’s restaurant after getting a report about a man acting erratically.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at a McDonald’s on Carlsbad Village Drive and located Abdul Kamara. He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Authorities took him to the Vista Detention Facility. Before he could be booked into jail, he allegedly began throwing himself against the patrol car.

At some point during the encounter, he was placed in a WRAP restraint device. However, he became unconscious and stopped breathing.

Abdul Kamara was subsequently transported to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For San Diego County In Custody Deaths

Far too many people die every year in police custody. In many situations, police arrest people who are in the midst of a mental health crisis or under the influence of controlled substances. During many of these encounters, the police use WRAP restraint devices. The manufacturer of this product claims that it is “safe and effective.” However, they are currently involved in at least 10 wrongful death lawsuits. There are at least three situations where deaths are more likely to occur with a restraint device.

  • The WRAP restraint device is being misused.
  • Police officers delay medical care while a suspect is in a WRAP.
  • WRAP restraints should not be used when a suspect is at greater risk of an overdose.

A police department could be liable for the death of a suspect if officers used excessive force. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Whether or not any use of force is considered excessive will depend on the unique circumstances of a police encounter.

  • Police officials should get suspects medical care as quickly as possible if they are at risk of an overdose.
  • Police officials should work to determine if a suspect is going through a medical health crisis.
  • Police officials should do their best to de-escalate encounters.

It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any in-custody death. At the end of the day, evidence will ultimately reveal who was at fault. Sadly, though, police departments will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if someone in their care dies. This is why it is so important that any in-custody death is thoroughly investigated. The family of any person who dies in police custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

 

Investigating San Diego County In Custody Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Abdul Kamara. The details of what has taken place remain deeply concerning. There needs to be some accountability and transparency for the sake of the victim’s family.

Do you need more information about a San Diego County in-custody death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that people are aware of their rights and that police departments are held accountable for their illegal actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we may be able to assist you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

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