VICTORVILLE — A left-behind family of a man killed by cops has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against San Bernardino County for excessive force.
Dante Parker was electrocuted as many as 27 times as cops shot him repeatedly with a Taser gun, according to the lawsuit.
Dante’s five children and his wife were devastated when he died after the electrical shock.
The incident occurred when Dante dropped his children off at school.
After he left them in school, he went on a bike ride around 4 PM.
He was riding his bike down Luna Rd when he was stopped by Officer Irwin.
Officer Irwin claimed to be responding to a report about a suspicious black male who was attempting to break into houses.
It is presumed that at some point during the questioning, an argument ensued, though the lawsuit does not specify.
At one point during the interaction, Officer Irwin began shooting Dante with a Taser gun, electrocuting his body and causing his muscles to involuntarily tighten and contract.
Other cops quickly arrived at the scene and began Tasing Dante even more, at least 25 times until his body became limp and he fell to the ground.
The cops then hogtied Dante’s limp body as he begged and said “I can’t breathe.”
They then lifted him up while he was hogtied and pushed him into the back seat of a police car, face down.
The inside of the police car was scorching hot as the weather outside reached almost 100 degrees.
Shortly thereafter, Dante’s heart stopped and he was pronounced dead.
The Sheriff Department’s defense is that Dante was “combative” with the officer, causing the officer to “fear for life.”
But Dante’s family believes the police murdered their father.
The family is suing for an unspecified amount in damages.
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