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LA County settles assault claims against deputies for $2.75 million

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 7 approved a $2.75 million settlement with a Compton man who suffered from mental illness and was beaten by sheriff’s deputies who accused him of smoking cannabis in the summer of 2014. had encountered.

According to a sheriff’s captain at the time, then 29-year-old Barry Montgomery encountered what he believed to be marijuana on July 14, 2014, at about 9:25 p.m. at Enterprise Park. Were.

According to a summary provided to the board by the sheriff’s deputy, Montgomery swore to the deputies, Nam dropped a Compton-based street gang, and then told them, “I’m going to kill you both with my deuce-deuce.” I’ve been.”

The alleged reference was to a .22 caliber handgun.

According to the pair of sworn officers, Montgomery took an unprovoked punch in the shoulder of a deputy when the man ducked.

Montgomery told ABC7 shortly after the beating that one minute representatives were telling him the park was closing at 10 p.m. and the next minute they were punching him.

Her family said she suffered from schizophrenia and didn’t always understand what she was being told. Her sister, Ty Montgomery, told NBC4 in 2014 that her brother lived at his parents’ house a few blocks from the park, and often brought his own basketball.

“By him being schizophrenic and ignoring the officers, I think he felt he was ignoring them on purpose,” Tye Montgomery said. “But … it’s not on purpose. He doesn’t communicate. He’s a paranoid schizophrenic, he just walks down the street. Walk back, play ball.”

When two deputies called for backup, a third deputy reached the spot. The trio admitted to having punched Montgomery several times in a fight that they portrayed as trying to bring him under control for fear of reaching for a weapon.

Montgomery was eventually handcuffed and taken to hospital with multiple injuries. According to Paulette Simpson-Gipson, then president of the NAACP’s Compton branch, she suffered a facial fracture—including a fractured eye socket—and seven broken ribs, among other injuries.

In August 2014, the NAACP called for a federal investigation and Montgomery was allegedly handcuffed and beaten for 25 minutes.

Simpson-Gipson said at the time, “We see no justification for the cruelty inflicted on Mr. Barry Montgomery.” “Spanking is a clear violation of their civil rights.”

Montgomery’s attorney at the time told ABC7 that Montgomery was a “little man,” standing just 5 feet, 3 inches tall and at best weighing about 105 pounds.

According to the board’s summary, in their lawsuit against the county, Montgomery’s family alleged that the deputies drew their weapons, shot Montgomery with a stun gun and forced her to attack him in a nearby restroom. pulled.

Montgomery was charged with a felony protesting arrest and abused marijuana possession. During the preliminary hearing, two of the three deputies presented conflicting evidence about the use of force.

The charges were eventually dropped after the court declared Montgomery mentally incompetent and ordered outpatient treatment with the Department of Mental Health.

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