Andrew C. Pongracz and Janet L. Keuper represented six Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in a Los Angeles Superior Court jury trial in which the Plaintiff claimed violation of his civil rights. Plaintiff alleged that, while an inmate at Men’s Central Jail, the defendants used excessive force on him following an altercation between Plaintiff and another inmate. Plaintiff claimed that, in addition to striking him, the defendants also carved a racial slur onto his head.
A motion for summary judgment narrowed the issues for trial and removed former Sheriff Baca as a defendant. Causes of action for Battery by a Peace Officer, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and violation of civil rights (the Bane Act) were tried to a jury. After a three week trial, the jury returned a defense verdict on December 4, 2015 on all causes of action on behalf of all defendants. The jury found that the Plaintiff lacked credibility and did not prove that the defendants violated his civil rights.