Man Brain Damaged During LAPD Detainment Awarded $1.8 Million Settlement
The City of Los Angeles authorized a settlement payment of $1.8 million to the family of a formerly homeless North Hollywood man who was left brain damaged after to a 2014 encounter with LAPD, according to the the Daily News.
Damion Russell was originally detained in March of 2014 for disturbing the peace outside of a movie theatre on Lankershim Boulevard in the North Hollywood Arts District. Police believed Russell was high on methamphetamine, and used force against Russell to try and contain him, according to court documents.
Police cuffed Russell, and placed him into a "hobble restraint device" that strapped around his ankles. Russell went into cardiac arrest after police laid him on the ground on his belly.
It was this "hobble restraint device" that prosecutors alleged prompted Russell's cardiac arrest. Instead of laying him on his side, officers positioned Russell face down, which allegedly led to cardiac arrest. Russell suffered brain damage from the cardiac arrest, and has lived in a full-time nursing facility since 2014.
Of the $1.8 million settlement, which was authorized Wednesday, $600,000 will go directly to Russell to pay for his care, $150,000 will go to his family, and the remaining $1.05 million will go to the prosecuting attorneys.