Houston Tipping went into Los Angeles Police Department training on May 26 a healthy, 32-year-old police officer. But after his fellow officers beat him as part of an exercise designed to “simulate a mob,” he left a quadriplegic, according to a new complaint Tipping’s mother has filed against the city.

Unable to breathe on his own, Tipping died three days later when his family took him off life support.

Now, his mother is preparing to sue the City of Los Angeles. On Friday, Shirley Huffman filed a notice of claim with the city, a requirement under California state law before someone sues a government agency. She’s accusing the LAPD — her son’s employer of about five years — of wrongful death, assault and battery, and violating her son’s civil rights.

“He was supposed to be in training, but he was brutally injured instead,” Huffman’s lawyer, Bradley Gage, said in a news release shared with The Washington Post. “He went from being a healthy young man loving his job, protecting and serving all of us, and became a quadriplegic who could not even [breathe] on his own.”


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