Mother claims LAPD officer killed in training was beaten up for ‘simulating the mob’

A 32-year-old Los Angeles police officer who suffered fatal neck injuries during a department training last month was accused of “simulating the crowd” of other officers, according to a wrongful-death claim filed against the city. was being beaten by by his mother.

Officer Houston Tipping suffered a spinal cord injury on May 26 while training at the Police Academy in Elysian Park and died three days later. it was Rested on Wednesday during a large funeral LAPD Chief Michelle Moore, other police leaders and Mayor Eric Garcetti attended.

Tipping’s mother, Shirley Huffman, attended the funeral, but did not speak up. She filed a notice of claim against the city on Friday, alleging wrongful death, assault and battery and other civil rights violations. Such claims are often the precursors to lawsuits.

Huffman alleged that his son had “repeatedly sustained head injuries so severe that he was bleeding profusely,” and that the beatings resulted in the need for stitches. The claim states that he also suffered multiple injuries on his neck, which led to his death.

Huffman also alleged that the training exercise had “already been interrogated” before Tipping suffered injuries due to injuries suffered by other officers.

LAPD spokeswoman Capt. Kelly Muniz said Friday that the department could not comment on the claim or the nature of the training exercise. But, she said, the department is taking the matter seriously and has launched its own investigation into the incident – to determine whether “any changes need to be made” or lessons can be learned.

“It’s sad and we are all saddened by his loss,” Muniz said of the force’s five-year veteran tipping.

The LAPD has said that tipping was Wounded while “forcing” with an officer, And called his death a terrible accident. But it has provided some other details.

Huffman’s claim seeks unspecified financial compensation as well as punitive damages from the city. It also called on the city to preserve all evidence in the case, including “videos of the entire training exercise and action taken against officer tipping”.

Huffman’s attorney Bradley Gage said she did not want to comment further on what was in the claim. He said the allegations were based on interviews he conducted with witnesses to the incidents and others who are known to him.

Gage said Tipping resulted in injuries to two parts of the head and four vertebrae.

Tipping served as a patrol officer in the Devonshire Division, which covers Northridge, Reseda, Chatsworth and other parts of the northern San Fernando Valley.

At the funeral, Moore knelt before Tipping’s parents and presented them with a folded American flag. Huffman referenced the comments Moore made at the funeral in his claim.

“Chief Moore said that Officer Tipping impressed his teammates with a ‘desire to go the extra mile to make the world a better place,’” his claim said. “Still, this was not enough to avoid other officers from paralyzing him and eventually killing him in violation of the law and his civil rights.”

Other officials involved in the death have not been named.

Times staff writer Matthew Ormseth contributed to this article.

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