LA to pay $3 million over LAPD chocking that led to death of inmate

Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
August 25, 2016 | 11:35 a.m.

After four years a video has been released that shows what happened when a schizophrenic man died at LAPD’s 77th Street Station jail. Video of the conflict betweeen Vachel Howard and several officers was released after the online group ProPublica published the security camera footage. For the past four years the LAPD attempted to prevent the video from becoming public.

Howard, was arrested on June 4th, 2012 on charges that he was driving under the influence. Police say they also suspected that Howard had smoked crack and marijuana, and could have possibly taken PCP.

The struggle between Howard and the LAPD began after Howard told the police that he had a history of paranoid schizophrenia and had not taken his medicine. While being searched, officers described Howard as cooperative.

Officers used stun guns on Howard at least five different times as they struggled to subdue him. When Howard is being led back into the jail’s dispensary, he falls to the ground, with officers on top. When one of the police officers used a chokehold on Howard, he went motionless while being handcuffed and binders put on his feet. Officers can be seen laughing after they used the chokehold.

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