When we watch police chases on television, we forget that it is all scripted and planned out months in advance. But when actual police are involved in a high-speed chase, only tragedy can follow behind, and no one is prepared for it. Police need to obey the laws that protect the public and make sure they are not endangering lives. The Los Angeles police misconduct lawyers at JML Law want to talk about a recent event involving a police chase that ended the lives of a married couple, leaving behind a devastated and grieving family.
What Happened In This Los Angeles Police Misconduct Incident?
In October 2019, Louie and Gracie Contreras had recently married and were headed home. Salvador Gomez was allegedly fleeing police in a stolen jeep when he ran a red light.
The officer that was pursuing him, followed behind, running the red light and crashed into the Contreras couple. The couple and Gracie Contreras’s son were ejected from the car. Out of the three, only her son survived the impact. Her son sustained massive injuries to the extent he was placed in a coma for weeks and will spend the rest of his life recovering from his injuries according to the suit.
A suit has been filed against the cities of West Covina and Baldwin Park as well as the state since it has jurisdiction over the California Highway Patrol. The suit also states that the police did not have their sirens or emergency lights on, failing to alert the public of the pursuit.
If only the police had acted responsibly. They were only pursuing someone who stole a jeep. No lives were in danger and the vehicle could have been easily replaced, but instead, two lives were lost and a family devastated.
Police Need to Adhere to the Protocols and Procedures
Police misconduct, failing to obey the rules and standards set forth for them, must be brought to justice to protect the public at large. The victims of police misconduct can face a multitude of issues from harassment to at the worst, death. You need qualified attorneys to help you through this so you can be made whole.
Victims who have experienced police misconduct face issues such as:
- Wrongful conviction
- Injury to self or others
- Damaged or ruined reputation
- Wrongful imprisonment
- Increased fines or bail
- Loss of employment
The statute of limitations is two years for a police misconduct case in California, and that does not leave you much time for you to get the compensation you deserve. We want to start your investigation immediately to relieve you of the unexpected bills and burdens you face right now.
Please Call Us For A Free Consultation On Your Case
If you or somebody you love has been the victim of a police misconduct case, we want you to get the justice and the compensation you deserve. We at JML Law pledge to conduct a thorough and full investigation into your claim so we can secure the compensation you need. We want you to receive compensation for:
- Unforeseen legal and medical bills
- Loss of income from the loss of employment
- Punitive damages
- Pain and suffering
When you need a Los Angeles police misconduct lawyer, you can contact JML Law for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 818-610-8800 for a free case evaluation.