A skateboarder reached a tentative settlement in a lawsuit alleging he was falsely imprisoned by two sheriff’s deputies allegedly associated with an internal clique at the Compton station known as the Executioners.
Lawyers for plaintiff Jesus Alegria and the defendants — Los Angeles County, Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Deputies Miguel Vega and Christopher Hernandez — filed court papers on Thursday with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Linfield stating that the case was resolved “in principle.”
No terms were divulged and one of Alegria’s lawyers, Humberto Guizar, could not be immediately reached.
The settlement is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors.
Alegria’s suit alleged Vega and Hernandez were “prospects” of the deputy clique known as the Executioners. The group casts innocent people as street gang members and sometimes brutalizes, shoots and kills them, then claims the actions were in self-defense, the suit alleged.
Vega shot and killed 18-year-old Andres Guardado near Gardena in June 2020, sparking protests and triggering the first coroner’s office inquest conducted in Los Angeles County in more than 30 years, which upheld a previous conclusion by the office that his death was a homicide.
Hernandez was present when Guardado was shot five times in the back, but did not fire at him.
Alegria, then 23, was riding his skateboard at Wilson Park in Compton on Aug. 23, 2020, when Vega and Hernandez arrived and began harassing some of the younger patrons at the park, according to the suit filed Jan. 15. Alegria spoke in defense of the bullied patrons and asked the deputies to leave them alone, according to the suit.
Vega then grabbed Alegria by the wrists and put him in the back of a sheriff’s SUV, the suit stated.
“Defendants Vega and Hernandez drove away from Wilson Park with (Alegria) in the back of their squad vehicle with the intent of setting up (Alegria) in gang territory in order to be beaten and/or killed,” the lawsuit alleged.
Vega and Hernandez encountered a group of unarmed 12- to 15-year-olds riding bicycles during the drive and Vega drove toward them as if he was going to run over them, the suit alleged.
Hernandez got out of the SUV and chased the boys while Vega, trying to drive after one boy on a bicycle, crashed into a wall, a parked car and a metal fence, according to the suit.
“Plaintiff began bleeding and sustained bodily injuries as a result of the crash caused by defendant Vega,” the suit alleged.
Vega allowed Alegria to leave the SUV, but the plaintiff was subsequently put in another SUV and arrested by another deputy in order to cover up the actions of Vega and Hernandez, the suit alleged.
The plaintiff was never charged with a crime, according to his court papers.
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