OCDA: No Charges for Anaheim Police in Suffocation Death of Homeless Man
September 28, 2017
The Orange County District Attorney's office declined to press charges against two Anaheim cops involved in a struggle that left a homeless man in a coma on July 2, 2016. Vincent Valenzuela died days later in a West Anaheim hospital last summer after his family ended life support. The controversial death led to angry protests in front of the 7-Eleven where the altercation ended and drew comparisons to the Kelly Thomas killing at the hands of Fullerton police. Garo Mardirossian, the attorney who won a $4.9 million settlement in the Thomas case and represents Valenzuela's family, previously claimed that medical records showed police Tasered Valenzuela in the chest, stopping his heart.
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