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California In-Custody Death Lawyer

In the criminal justice system, in-custody deaths and violations of inmates’ rights continue to hurt countless families in Southern California. It is important to remember that, regardless of one’s incarceration, the fundamental principles of justice do not fade away. Every individual, even behind bars, holds constitutional rights. This includes the right to protection from physical abuse by correctional officers, access to necessary medical care to prevent preventable deaths and suicides, and the assurance of humane treatment.

At the Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo, we understand the profound trauma and loss that families of victims endure. We have dedicated ourselves to advocating for justice, truth, and accountability, successfully representing those who have suffered from custodial abuse, tragic deaths, and preventable suicides. Our mission is to provide support, empathy, and the relentless pursuit of answers to grieving families seeking closure and justice for their loved ones.

We can help families whose loved ones have died in custody find out what really happened. And we can hold the police, guards, and institutions accountable. You’re entitled to justice, and we’re the support you need to fight for it. Don’t hesitate to call us at (818) 347-3333 or complete our confidential contact form today.

Why Choose Our Los Angeles In-Custody Death Attorneys?

Attorney Dale K. Galipo is one of the top civil rights lawyers in Los Angeles. No one has tried and won as many cases against the police as he has. Since 2004, our law firm has obtained multi-million dollar jury verdicts for victims and families whose loved ones died in custody because of police abuse or misconduct.

While past success is no guarantee of future results, here are some of our most notable cases and awards:

  • $8.5 Million settlement: Perez v. City of Pasadena (In-Custody Negligence);
  • $3.2 Million settlement: Cornejo v. City of Los Angeles;
  • $2.5 Million Jury Verdict: Borges v. Humboldt County (Denied medical care in custody);

Even behind bars, your loved one deserved to be treated with dignity and humanity. When physical abuse by police guards causes your loved ones’ death, we can help you find answers and seek justice.

In-Custody and Jail Deaths and the Denial of Care

An in-custody death refers to the situation in which an individual dies while under the supervision, control, or care of law enforcement or other authorities, typically during their period of detention or arrest. These deaths can occur in various settings, including police custody, correctional facilities, or during the process of an arrest.

“Jail deaths” specifically pertain to deaths that occur while an individual is incarcerated in a jail or detention center, whether due to natural causes, suicide, or as a result of actions taken by jail staff.

“Death during arrest” refers to fatalities that happen during the process of being apprehended by law enforcement officers, which can be the result of various factors, including the use of force, medical issues, or other circumstances. Deadly force is almost always unnecessary. Law enforcement should only use deadly force when there is a clear and imminent threat to human life that cannot be resolved through other means.

Sometimes, death in custody or jail is not caused by specific actions but rather inaction. The denial of care refers to situations in which individuals in custody are not provided with necessary medical attention, treatment, or support when they require it. This can involve neglecting or refusing medical care, potentially resulting in serious health complications or even death. This includes mental health care. Concerns about mental health in the context of custody and law enforcement often relate to the inappropriate treatment and lack of support that could prevent suicide or harm to others.

Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit If My Loved One Dies in Custody?

Yes, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one dies in custody. If your loved one passed away while in custody (whether in a jail, detention center or during a transfer), you could seek justice through a wrongful death lawsuit. It’s crucial to understand that everyone, even individuals in custody, has the right to receive timely medical care and treatment. This care encompasses addressing issues like alcohol and drug withdrawal, medical conditions, and injuries, whether caused by other inmates or jail staff.

One way we can do this is through Section 1983, a vital component of the Civil Rights Act of 1871. Section 1983 allows you to take legal action if you believe that your loved one’s civil rights were violated, even if it resulted in their wrongful death. You can use this to sue government officials like police officers, correctional officers, or the cities or towns they work for.

Our lawyers may also consider filing a civil rights lawsuit under the Bane Act. This law protects civil rights violations due to intimidation, violence, or threats, especially by the police. This protection covers various civil rights like the right to vote, protest peacefully, bear arms, and freely associate with others.

The Bane Act is used in cases where civil rights are violated, especially in situations involving police brutality. It’s a way to hold those responsible for wrongful deaths and civil rights violations accountable for their actions.

If your loved one died or suffered serious injury while they were in custody, you should talk to a lawyer. The Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo can review your case and advise you of all your legal options under California and federal law.

Contact Our Police Custody Death Attorneys Today

If a loved one died in custody due to police misconduct, brutality, or lack of medical treatment in Los Angeles or throughout California we’re here to help. You have the right to seek justice, and we won’t let police or law enforcement intimidate you or your loved ones. Turn to the experienced civil rights attorneys at the Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo in Los Angeles for the guidance and representation your case deserves. We’re ready to listen to your story and offer an evaluation of your legal options.

We have helped victims and families throughout Southern California, including San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Long Beach, or within counties such as Ventura, Orange, and San Bernardino. We can help you, too, if you call us today. Call (818) 347-3333 or fill out our confidential contact form to speak to someone at our office. Together, we can seek justice.

Our Successes In In-Custody Death Cases:

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    Perez v. City of Pasadena $8.5 MILLION settlement

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    Cornejo v. City of Los Angeles $3.2 MILLION settlement

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    Guardado v. County of San Bernardino, asphyxia and alcohol withdrawal death $650,000 settlement in 2019

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    Borges v Humboldt County, denied medical care in custody $2.5 MILLION jury verdict

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When a loved one has been killed while in police custody in California, remember, you have the right to justice. Don’t let intimidation stand in your way. Rely on the seasoned police custody death attorneys at the Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo in Los Angeles to offer the guidance and representation your case warrants. We’re here to hear your account and provide an assessment of your legal avenues. Contact us at (818) 347-3333 or fill out our contact form now for us to contact you ASAP.