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Family Claims LAPD Killed Their Father

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Los Angeles police Tasered and choked a man to death at the 77th Street Jail, his children claim in Federal Court.
     Children of the late Vachel Howard claims that while he was in custody at the jail, their father "was Tased over five times, physically restrained by multiple officers, placed in a hobble restraint and handcuffed and then placed in a fatal choke hold, all while possibly suffering from cardiac arrest. Mr. Howard posed no imminent threat of death or physical injury to the officers present, or to anyone else. The use of deadly force against Mr. Howard by defendants under these circumstances was both unconstitutional and violated clearly established law that would have been known to any reasonable police officer."....

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