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UPDATE: Naked Man In Little Italy Dies After Being Arrested In San Diego

Oct 8, 2018

San Diego Man Running Naked Through Little Italy Died In Police Custody After Being Arrested

 SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (October 6, 2018) A man has died while in the custody of police officers on Saturday after he was running in and out of Traffic by West Grape Street in Little Italy.

San Diego police placed the naked man in handcuffs. Witnesses told reporters that the man began struggling with officers, but they were able to wrestle him to the ground.

The man went into medical distress as officers tried to subdue him. Officers provided medical aid to the man until paramedics arrived.

The victim was taken to the hospital in order to receive treatment. But he was pronounced dead just before midnight. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing.

Deaths In Police Custody

The Bureau of Justice has reported that 4,813 people have died during or shortly after being restrained by police officers. There are a number of contributing factors to this trend. For example, a number of police officers simply don’t have the experience to deal with suspects that are under the influence of drugs or experiencing a mental health crisis. Police have often used excessive force to restrain suspects or even beat them once they’ve been restrained. Tasers, in particular, can be very dangerous if they are used on a person who is under the influence. Depending on the facts of any case, a victim’s family may have the ability to file a wrongful death claim for damages.

Liability For Deaths In Police Custody

Police officers are required to use reasonable force in order to get suspects to comply with their demands. Great care must be put into making sure that suspects are safe before and after they are arrested.  Once a police officer assumes control of a person by placing them in handcuffs and putting them under arrest the police department is responsible for the well being of that suspect. A number of people every year die after they go into a medical emergency and aren’t given treatment fast enough. Victims of the family may be able to recover damages for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering by hiring a wrongful death attorney.  

Getting Help After An Injury Or Death Caused By Police Officers

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man that died in police custody after he was arrested in Little Italy. Every single human life is precious and should be treated as such. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Measures need to be put in place to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Police officers should be given better training in order to handle suspects that are undergoing a medical emergency.

If you or someone that you love has been injured or died while in police custody there is help available. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to assist you in whatever ways we can. We will fight hard to make sure that you get justice after an incident involving the police. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are seeking legal counsel for your particular situation we are here for you (888) 888-9285.


  1. CBS 8 Staff. Man running naked in Little Italy dies after being taken into custody. October 6, 2018.

  2. John Wihbey. Deaths in police custody in the United States: Research review. 2018

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