- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Central California man is suing the city of Lindsay for wrongful death and excessive force after his grown son stopped breathing in the back of a police car while reportedly hog-tied and unable to breathe.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1rkJ0q8) Thursday that the city claims 24-year-old Joshua Gonzales tried to attack officers and died from an overdose of methamphetamine last April. An autopsy revealed the cause of death as acute overdose of methamphetamine.

In January, the man’s father, Ray Gonzales and his ex-wife, Sheila DeoCampo of Patterson, California sued Lindsay in U.S. District Court in Fresno, seeking compensatory and punitive damages. Acting Police Chief Chris Hughes said the city can’t comment on pending litigation.

A magistrate on Thursday could set a jury trial date for next year, the newspaper reported.

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


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