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San Diego jury awards $85M in death of man following arrest

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Mar 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-17 14:36:26-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A jury has awarded $85 million in the death of a man who was restrained by San Diego County sheriff’s deputies in 2015.

The federal jury on Tuesday found for the family in a wrongful death lawsuit against the county for the death of 32-year-old Lucky Phounsy.



The lawsuit says Phounsy had called 911 while suffering paranoid delusions but deputies escalated the situation, eventually leading to a struggle where Phounsy was shocked, hit and hog-tied.

His heart stopped in an ambulance and he died at a hospital.

One of the deputies involved, Richard Fischer, later spent five months in jail for assaulting 16 women while on duty.