|Lanier Law Firm Attorney Lawrence Wilson quoted in Houston Chronicle Hog Tied Story Family of man who died in Pasadena police custody files suit|
|October 31, 2012 11:58 pm|
Relatives of a man who died in Pasadena police custody have filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Pasadena and some police officers.
Jose Sauceda Jr., 41, died March 25 at Bayshore Medical Center after being beaten by police and hogtied face-down on a stretcher, according to the lawsuit filed Oct. 26 in Harris County.
Sauceda, a husband and father of four, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and was brought to the hospital for a blood test, the lawsuit stated.
The defendants deterred attempts by hospital staff to assess and treat Sauceda and watched him struggle, turn purple and blue and die, the suit says.
"That's the thing that is most mind-boggling here," said attorney Lawrence P. Wilson of The Lanier Law Firm in Houston. "Did they not realize he was in distress? Did they not at some point say, 'You know what? We ought to let the medical people check him out.'"
"It doesn't seem right that they haul him in for DWI on that," he said. "You have to have some basis for saying our guy was intoxicated."
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