LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury awarded $13.2 million to the two children of a man who died after a confrontation with Anaheim police.
The decision Wednesday came two days after jurors decided Anaheim officers were negligent and used unreasonable force against Fermin Vincent Valenzuela, the Orange County Register reported.
Valenzuela died from complications of asphyxia after officers used a stun gun and restraint hold to subdue the 32-year-old, who was high on meth and violently struggled with police during the July 2, 2016, incident.
The officers initially responded following reports of a suspicious man who had followed a woman to her home. They confronted Valenzuela at a laundromat.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office found the two officers’ actions justified. Valenzuela’s family filed a federal wrongful-death lawsuit against the city, claiming he was unarmed and not a threat.
Anaheim city officials called the judgment “unwarranted.”
Spokesman Mike Lyster said city officials believe the officers “acted reasonably and in the best interest of public safety.”