HSR Represents Family Taking Legal Action on Behalf of a Man Killed by Whittier Police as Mother who Called for Help Looked On

August 30, 2017, the family of Jonathan Salcido filed a tort claim -- the initial phase in a $15 million law suit -- seeking justice, demanding police training on de-escalation, and demanding training in assisting people with mental illness.

On the morning of May 4th, 2017, 27-year-old Salcido was scheduled to see his psychiatrist to continue treatment for a mental illness that he had lived with since age 18. When his behavior became erratic, his mother Jasmin called 911 for assistance Police officers responding to the call wrestled Jonathan to the ground and instead of helping, they handcuffed him, piled on top of him and smothered him to death before his mother's eyes.

Family members and friends attended an emotional press conference on August 30, 2017, held in front of the Whittier Police Department. His father Gary Salcido stated, "...he was killed by the very people who were supposed to protect us."

Jonathan' mother said he was "a human being with hopes and dreams that needed help".

Sister Jennifer Chavez, joined by sister Janine Carr, stated, "I'm here because I want justice for Jonathan."

HSR attorney Dan Stormer called upon the Whittier Police Department to train its officers to de-escalate, and demanded that "the officers who took Jonathan's life be prosecuted for their cruel excessive and unnecessary use of force" and HSR attorney Cindy Panuco stated that Jonathan's family believed they could treat his illness, and that his death was a "heartbreaking loss of a son and a brother."

Jonathan is listed as the 403rd person to be killed by police in the United States in 2017 (http://killedbypolice.net). Since his killing, 397 more people have died at the hands of police. Meanwhile, in a July 2017 address, President Trump told law enforcement officers, "Please don't be too nice."

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Family-Plans-Suit-in-California-Police-Restraint-Death-442293023.html

http://abc7.com/whittier-family-plans-legal-action-against-police-over-sons-death/2356938/

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/08/30/family-sues-whittier-police-sons-death/

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20170830/family-of-mentally-ill-man-killed-in-struggle-with-whittier-police-files-15-million-claim-against-city

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Salcido - August 30 2017.pdf

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us - Free Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Pasadena Office

128 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 204
Pasadena, CA 91103

Toll Free: 866-457-2590
Phone: 626-585-9600
Fax: 626-577-7079
Pasadena Law Office Map

Downtown Los Angeles Office (Legal Fund)
250 1st Street, Suite 1201
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: 213-785-6999
Los Angeles Law Office Map