Crime & Justice

Jury Clears LAPD In Death Of Man Who Choked On Heroin

The jury never heard former Police Chief Charlie Beck's conclusion that officers' tasing of Alex Aguilar five times was
The jury never heard former Police Chief Charlie Beck's conclusion that officers' tasing of Alex Aguilar five times was "objectively unreasonable." Beck also found "no evidence [Aguilar] was an immediate threat to the officers."
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A federal jury has decided that five LAPD officers are not liable for the death of a man who tried to swallow a large bindle of heroin during a strip search, rejecting his family's claim that the police used excessive force while trying to stop him and failed to render aid that could have saved his life. One officer allegedly tased Alex Aguilar five times in the 2016 incident - but the jury never heard the then-chief of police's conclusion that the tasing was "objectively unreasonable."