LANCASTER – At a press conference Thursday, attorneys for Marco Chiclana released video of the violent altercation between Chiclana and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in front of Antelope Valley Hospital on April 2.
Chiclana, who has filed a civil lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department, alleges he was badly beaten after he called deputies to the hospital to assist him with his father, who was trying to leave the hospital after surgery against his doctor’s wishes.
Read more on that here.
Chiclana’s attorney, Bradley Gage, says the video proves that deputies used excessive force.
“It’s definitely a case of police brutality,” Gage said Thursday.
In the security video, a deputy is seen approaching a white SUV and talking to some people. Chiclana (in a dark hooded sweat shirt) approaches the deputy, and the two have a conversation and appear to shake hands.
Soon after, the deputy pushes Chiclana up against the vehicle. Then the deputy appears to grab Chiclana by the neck and punches him repeatedly. Another deputy joins in and wrestles Chiclana down to the ground.
Then several deputies join in. Six deputies appear to get involved with at least 20 punches being thrown.
View video of the fight between Chiclana and deputies below.
Chiclana is suing the County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies Justin Diez, Jeremy Esswein, Curtis Foster, J. Epstein, and Justen Holm. Gage says his client is seeking compensation for medical expenses, as well as for pain and suffering.
Read the entire complaint here.
Chiclana is due in court in January to face criminal charges that include resisting arrest, assault on a peace officer and mayhem.