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LONG BEACH: Alan Ramos Died After Being Tased By Detention Officers Following Jail Fight Between Inmates


Nov 15, 2018

Alan Ramos Long Beach: 25-Year-Old Inmate Alan Alfredo Ramos Died After Being Tasered In Long Beach Jail After Correctional Officers Tried To Break Up Inmate Fight

 LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (November 25, 2018) A 25-year-old inmate at a Long Beach jail has tragically died after he was tasered by detention center officials that were responding to a fight.

Jail officials are saying that a verbal confrontation led to one inmate attacking another. A correctional officer intervened and tasered  Alan Ramos.

The inmate became unresponsive shortly after being tasered and received CPR from a jail nurse.  Alan Ramos was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

There is an active investigation into the circumstances leading up to the death of Alan Alfredo Ramos.

Misuse of Tasers By Law Enforcement  

Police have been trained to think of tasers as “non-lethal” alternatives to firearms. But this is far from accurate. There are a number of circumstances where taser use can have lethal consequences. For example, suspects that are under mental duress, alcohol or who have heart conditions can all die from tasers. This notion that tasers are non-lethal has led to overuse and more suspects dying. Tasers have become the weapon of choice for police officers that are dealing with unstable suspects or those that can’t follow their commands. Depending on a number of circumstances law enforcement officials may face civil liability if they taser an inmate who then dies.

Liability In Inmate Deaths

Suspects and inmates have a right under the federal constitution to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Jail officials may face civil liability if they are deliberately indifferent to an inmate’s serious medical needs or if they use excessive force. Excessive force is actually quite common with tasers. Police officials or jail officials will taser suspects multiple times in order to get them to comply. This increases the odds that an inmate will experience a heart attack or other complications.

In certain circumstances the manufacturers of tasers may face civil liability if a suspect suffers a heart attack. A wrongful death lawyer and a board-certified cardiologist will need to examine autopsy reports in order to determine exactly what went wrong. Victim’s of excessive force or their family may have the ability to file a claim for damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting Help From A Wrongful Death Lawyer

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Alan Ramos as they are going through such a difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all of those involved. It would be deeply unfortunate if this were to happen to another family.

If you or someone that you love has died after being tasered by prison officials you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We have the resources to investigate your case and get you justice for your loss. We focus exclusively on personal injury law and take pride in helping our clients through some of the most difficult times of their lives. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to get a police report after an incident we are here for you. You can always reach us at (888) 888-9285.

 Sources:

  1. OC Breeze. Inmate dies after tasing by Long Beach detention officers. November 14, 2018
  2. Editorial Board. Police use Tasers with increasing frequency — and some lethal results. 2016
  3. Suzanne Paulson. Managing Jail Liability. November 15, 2018

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