County of Los Angeles Sued Over Police Shooting

Alex Galindo an attorney with the Law firm of Curd Galindo & Smith, LLP on behalf of his clients Ralph Noriega, Gloria Noriega, and Frank Noriega filed a $10,000,000.00 civil rights violation case with the United States District Court in Los Angeles against the County of Los Angeles (case #10-CV-09492SVW).

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Los Angeles CA, (PRWEB) January 28, 2011

Alex Galindo an attorney with the Law firm of Curd Galindo & Smith, LLP on behalf of his clients Ralph Noriega, Gloria Noriega, and Frank Noriega filed a $10,000,000.00 civil rights violation case with the United States District Court in Los Angeles against the County of Los Angeles (case #10-CV-09492SVW).

The claim alleges that Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies wrongfully shot 41 year old Ralph Noriega (who suffers from a mental disability) at a Canyon Country mobile home park where his mother, Gloria, resides.

According to court documents, on July 9, 2010 at 2:30 a.m., neighbors called the Sheriff’s Department to report that someone was yelling loudly outside of a mobile home. Sheriff Deputies arrived and confronted Ralph Noriega who was unarmed. Mr. Noriega did not drop to the ground and instead asked the deputies why they were there at all. He was subsequently shot and transported to the Henry Mayo Hospital. Mr. Noriega who is now confined to a wheel chair sustained numerous operations and still has a fragment of a bullet lodged so closely to his spine that doctors are reluctant to remove for fear that doing so may cause permanent paralysis.

The sheriff deputies contend that Ralph Noriega failed to comply with their orders to put his hands up, and instead placed himself in a shooting stance pointing a cell phone in their general direction.

The deputies mistook the cell phone that had its charging cord attached for a gun, and opened fire numerous times spraying bullets in and around the subject area.

The claim alleges that Ralph Noriega’s civil and constitutional rights were violated by the L.A. Sheriff Deputies.

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