The jury awarded $3.2 million in damages to the family of Mauricio Cornejo. Said monetary relief will be distributed among Cornejo’s surviving wife and two minor children.
The former gang member of Ramona Gardens died under the custody of the Los Angeles Police Department way back in 2007.
According to court documents, Cornejo collapsed in a detention cell at the Hollenback Police Station. Reports showed that a foot chase between Cornejo and the police that night after a confrontation near Ramona Gardens housing project in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles had something to do with Cornejo’s death.
Lawyers representing the city of Los Angeles affirmed that Cornejo died from the strain he experienced while he was violently resisting arrest. Allegedly, Cornejo, who was then a wanted parolee, was under the influence of intoxicating substance during the arrest. According to the city’s representatives, methamphetamine and cocaine was the major cause of Cornejo’s death.
However, Ventura County’s chief medical examiner, Ronald O’Halloran, testified that the force exerted by the officers against Cornejo, including baton blows, caused his death.
Also, Cornejo’s wrongful death attorney presented a video from a Hollenbeck surveillance camera showing that Cornejo was unconscious or might be already dead when he arrived at the station.
Definitely, said testimony and firm evidence presented to the federal court were seen as enough reasonable cause by the jury to arrive in such resolution.
Losing someone you love unexpectedly due to other people’s fault is an extremely distressing experience, especially for minors like those two children of Cornejo. Fortunately, Corejo’s family had the wrongful death attorney who provided them with efficient and effective legal assistance throughout the case.