The family of a 15-year-old boy killed in a gang-related shooting on Mother’s Day is suing the Los Angeles Police Department for wrongful death, alleging responding officers hogtied and handcuffed the wounded teen, denying him timely medical care, attorneys said Friday.
Bridgette Green, mother of Monyae Jackson — one of two Long Beach teens killed in the shooting — alleges in the civil rights lawsuit that her son and his friends Jayland Strickland and Mariyon Williams were walking in Florence after visiting friends in the early hours of May 13 when they were confronted by assailants and shot. None of the victims were gang members, police said.
Plaintiffs allege that instead of “taking immediate care” to transport the gravely injured and wounded friends to a hospital, LAPD’s first responders placed the teens in “shackles, restraints and hog ties,” according to the suit, filed Jan. 7 in Los Angeles federal court.
Jackson died two days later at a hospital, the lawsuit states. Another 15-year-old member of the group — La’marrion Upchurch — was also shot, but died at the scene. Although his heirs are not now party to the suit, plaintiffs’ attorneys have filed a notice of claim on their behalf and they might be added shortly.
The LAPD said it does not comment on pending lawsuits, according to policy.
“Why did LAPD handcuff these children?” Green asked Friday outside the downtown federal courthouse.
Green and fellow plaintiffs are seeking $25 million in damages from the city as a result of the LAPD’s alleged “failure to act” to quickly help the victims, the families’ attorney, James Orland, said.
The shooting victims were “immediately profiled as suspects,” the attorney alleged, and Los Angeles police officers at the scene “breached the standard of care.”
Prosecutors have charged three suspected gang members with murder and attempted murder counts. Police have said they may have thought the victims were members of a rival street gang.
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