LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The parents of a man who died while jailed in 2017 are suing Los Angeles County, alleging their son was wrongfully denied medical care after being pepper-sprayed by sheriff’s deputies and shot with a stun gun.
Juan Manuel Correa Sr. and Maria A. Correa, the father and mother of Juan Manuel Correa Jr., brought the suit on Jan. 12 in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging wrongful death, negligence and civil rights violations. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
A representative for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which oversees the county’s jails, could not be immediately reached.
Sheriff’s deputies said previously that Juan Correa Jr., 31, had serious mental health issues and was originally housed in the Twin Towers jail because of those problems on Sept. 26. However, instead of giving Correa immediate mental health treatment, he was transferred to the Men’s Central Jail, the suit states.
Deputies said previously that Correa became ill after he was pepper-sprayed by deputies who were trying to break up a fight between the man and his cellmate in the Men’s Central Jail. The suit states that Correa also was shot with a stun gun.
The suit alleges the deputies were negligent in housing Correa in the Men’s Central Jail and for not getting him medical health fast enough when he began showing signs of distress from the stun gun and the pepper spray.