Man Called Deputies When His Father Tried to Attack Him With a Screwdriver, Gets Beaten Up By Deputies
A man has brought a lawsuit against the Sheriff's department over a beating that was caught on tape by a parking lot security camera last April.
The attorney for the man Marco Chiclana said that he called deputies to the scene to help him deal with his father. His father was disoriented and was trying to leave Antelope Valley Hospital against his doctors wishes. Chiclana called deputies when his father attempted to attack him with a screwdriver. The security footage shows that the situation quickly escalated.
Chiclana's atttorney says the beating was unprovoked and compares it to the Rodney King beating. But sheriff's deputies say that Chiclana threw the first punch.
"We tried to grab him to try to contain the situation, and he immediately became verbally combative and then struck our deputy in the jaw," sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told KTLA.
Chiclana's attorney Brad Gage said that Chiclana was left with broken bones in his face and he had trouble seeing out of one eye. He added that witnesses saw the deputies high-fiving each other and taking photos of Chiclana's injuries with their cell phones.
"To me, that show malice," he said.
Chiclana was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and assaulting an officer. He is due to appear in court in January. ABC 7 has the parking lot camera footage below, but Whitmore says that other video and witness accounts show that the deputies' actions were justified: