A federal jury awarded $13.5 million to the family of a man who died days after two Los Angeles police officers used their bodyweight on his back to restrain him, the plaintiff’s attorneys said Monday.
The jury in downtown Los Angeles reached the decision Friday, finding that the officers used excessive force against Jacobo Cedillo, 50, in violation of his constitutional rights. The jury also found that the city of Los Angeles had not adequately trained the officers.
Cedillo’s daughter, Nicole Juarez Zelaya, sued the city in 2020 for civil rights violations, inadequate training and other allegations.
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