Rosamond family awarded $4.5M in wrongful death suit against four deputies

Family: Deputies 'beat their son to death'

ROSAMOND, Calif. - A Rosamond family has been awarded 4.5 million dollars in a wrongful death suit brought against four Kern County Sheriff Deputies, who the family said beat their son to death.

The incident happened nearly two years ago, when deputies got into a struggle with Jose Lucero.  

Family members said Lucero had a history of mental illness and was on meth at the time of the confrontation.

During the fight, deputies deployed and used a Taser on Lucero 29 times, allegedly without any effect.

The coroner ruled that Lucero died of cardiac arrest after being restrained by deputies.

He also had meth in his system, officials said.

The jury on Tuesday ruled the deputies acted with negligence. They do not face criminal charges and the county is deciding whether they will appeal.

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