Veteran Tasered, Beaten and Pepper Sprayed by Police Until his Heart Stopped

US Army combat veteran, Kyle Cardenas, had a violent interaction with the police when they came to his home after his family reached out to the VA for crisis help due to Kyle’s PTSD.  After serving two tours in Iraq, Kyle was “suffering from delusions back in September and was showing  “intense signs of PTSD” directly attributed to his deployments to Mosul, Iraq.

The family was seeking help for Kyle, but instead Kyle got a beating at the hands of the Gilbert Police.

According to the complaint, Cardenas initially struggled with the officers before retreating to his room. It went on to say: “The police charged into this bedroom … and attempted to restrain Kyle again. During the melee, the officers Tased Kyle at least seven times, sprayed OC spray directly into Kyle’s face, struck Kyle multiple times with their batons, punched Kyle in the face with closed fists, kicked and kneed Kyle in the thighs and legs, and ordered one of the K-9 unit dogs to attack and bite Kyle.”

The fight triggered an episode, apparently, and Kyle was rushed to the hospital.

 At the hospital, he was given a sedative for agitated patients.  The anti-psychotic drug seems to have been the trigger that caused him to stop breathing and turn blue.  He was revived, but for four days was put into a medically induced coma.

Cardenas is charging police with assault and battery, excessive force, false arrest, and negligent hiring, training, and supervision. He’s seeking $20 million to settle the case. Scott Zwillinger, Cardenas’s attorney, said if the police department declines to settle, his client is “prepared to proceed with litigation to recover not only his damages, but to raise awareness of what is occurring on a daily basis throughout the United States relating to the rising numbers of veterans being shot and killed by the police.”

Source: Popular Military



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