- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The City of Fresno and its police department are facing a lawsuit from the family of a migrant worker who was shot more than two dozen times and killed by officers.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1JVjcX8) Miguel Moreno Torrez was drunk and fighting with his brother when police responded to a call from their roommate in June 2014.

Deputy Police Chief Robert Nevarez says Torrez held a knife over his brother in a threatening manner, prompting officers to fire. The lawsuit says Torrez didn’t speak English, didn’t understand the officers’ commands and wasn’t armed.

Witness statements make it unclear whether Torrez had a knife.

Whittier-based attorney James P. Segall-Gutierrez filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Torrez’s minor daughter, his wife Deibi Ontiveros and mother Maria Carrillo.

City attorney Douglas Sloan said Fresno officials would respond to the lawsuit once it’s been served.


Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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