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MODESTO: Rudy Santillan Died In Police Custody After Being Tasered Near Imperial Avenue And Frazier Street


Jul 19, 2019

Rudy Santillan Modesto: Rudy Santillan Died In Police Custody In Modesto After Being Tasered Near Imperial Avenue And Frazier Street

MODESTO, CALIFORNIA (July 18, 2019) – A 36-year-old man identified as Rudy Santillan died after tasers and K-9 were used against him while he was being taken into police custody near Imperial Avenue and Frazier Street.

Modesto police responded to the scene after Rudy Santillan was allegedly involved in an altercation with his father. Deputies are saying that they found Rudy Santillan in an “altered state.” 

After officers tried to take the victim into custody he began resisting. The police then used physical restraints, tasers and a K-9 to help take him into custody. Some time after this Rudy Santillan became unconscious and began having a medical emergency. 

Deputies began performing life-saving measures and transported the victim to the Doctor’s Medical Center. He later died Wednesday morning. 

There is an ongoing investigation into the incident at this time. 

Liability For In-Custody Deaths

Police officers have a legal responsibility to use reasonable force to get suspects to comply with their demands. When officers use excessive force, the police department that they work for may face civil liability if the suspect is injured or killed. In many situations police officers are not adequately trained to deal with suspects that are intoxicated or mentally ill. A family may also pursue a constitutional claim under the fourth amendment. Excessive force violates a suspect’s right to equal protection and due process under the law. 

Physical restraints and tasers can be very dangerous. Despite how they were initially marketed, tasers are not “non-lethal.” In fact, many people have died after being repeatedly tasered by police officers. This is partially why their manufacturers began describing them as being “less-lethal.” According to one report, “Reuters found that of 1,028 cases of Taser-related deaths, often occurring along with other force, more than 50 percent were identified as falling into one of these groups.”

People who are mentally ill, have heart conditions or are intoxicated are at increased risk of dying from taser use. The main problem is that police officers are often not properly trained to deal with mentally ill suspects. They then over-use tasers because they believe that these devices are not lethal. But they absolutely can be lethal under certain scenarios. It’s important that in-custody deaths are adequately investigated. 

The family of any victim that died in police custody may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help cover funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know if police officers violated protocol and are liable for your loved one’s death. 

Investigating An In-Custody Death 

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Rudy Santillan. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Modesto police department as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent incidents like this in the future. Officers need to be better trained to handle these situations. Far too often they end in suspects being killed or seriously injured. 

If someone that you love has died while in police custody you may have legal recourse.There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you have questions about the law or are looking to get more information about an incident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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