Ronald Shaheen Died In Custody At The Metropolitan Detention Center In Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (March 23, 2024) – A 33-year-old man identified as Ronald Shaheen has tragically died after being arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Los Angeles Police Department officials are saying that the incident took place around 8:30 a.m. on March 10. The LAPD were patrolling at the Seventh Street Metro Center Station when they encountered Ronald Shaheen.

They claimed that the suspect was loitering in the area before arresting him on an outstanding warrant. He was transported to the Metropolitan Detention Center.

During the pre-booking process, the man began experiencing some type of medical emergency before being transported to a local hospital. Ronald Shaheen was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A full investigation into the death remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles Police Department In Custody Deaths

The LAPD has a long and sordid history with respect to how it has treated suspects and inmates. According to the Orange County Register, “Videos unsealed this week from the Los Angeles County jail system show deputies beating inmates and using excessive force, suggesting the Sheriff’s Department has been slow to reform its practices under an agreement with the ACLU.” There are many steps that police departments should take to prevent inmates from being mistreated.

  • Correctional officers should have clear codes of conduct to follow.
  • Correctional officers should be adequately supervised.
  • Correctional officers should undergo background checks.
  • Jails should investigate instances of misconduct.

All jails have a legal responsibility to give inmates proper care for their medical conditions. This is especially important as people are being booked into a jail system. They should undergo a thorough medical evaluation and be seen by a nurse. If jail officials are deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of an inmate, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps are taken after any in-custody death.

  • Medical records related to the death should be preserved.
  • An independent autopsy may need to be performed.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

In custody deaths are often highly preventable. They are much more likely to occur when jail officials miss obvious signs that an inmate is in distress. This is particularly true in LA County, where a large number of suspects and inmates die from drug overdoses. The family of any person who died in custody may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating In Custody Deaths At The Metropolitan Detention Center

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Ronald Shaheen. Any person who may have more information about what happened should speak with investigators. It is our hope that measures are taken to prevent similar tragedies from taking place.

Do you need more information about an in-custody death at the Metropolitan Detention Center? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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