From: Los Angeles Times, 8/3/2023
The Los Angeles District Attorney has declined to prosecute four Los Angeles Sheriffs' deputies involved in the 2020 incident that resulted in the death of Eric Briceno.
Law enforcement responded to the Briceno family residence in 2020 regarding a domestic violence call. Eric Briceno became belligerent once deputies made contact and assaulted several officers. During the struggle to control Eric, deputies applied compliance strikes and deployed tasers multiple times. Eventually deputies succeeded in restraining Eric, but discovered he became unresponsive. Eric passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.
An autopsy ruled Eric's cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest due to neck restraint and multiple taser deployments. However, the district attorney's office concluded that the four deputies used appropriate levels of force necessary to restrain Eric, and that Eric forced deputies into use-of-force due to his actions. None of the officers claimed they used a chokehold.
Due to these facts, the district attorney's office declined to press charges against the four deputies involved in the incident.
RLS partner Ken Yuwiler represents the four deputies. He argues Eric's actions forced deputies to use force to arrest him and protect the victims.