A police officer was reportedly beaten to death by his own colleagues during a training exercise organized by his police department.
32-year-old Houston Tipping was a five-year Los Angeles Police Department veteran who was laid to rest last Wednesday following a training gone wrong.
In a lawsuit she filed against the city of Los Angeles, Houston’s mother, Shirley Huffman, claims that her son’s colleagues “repeatedly struck him in the head severely enough that he bled” during a simulated mob attack.
While the training was allegedly meant to train officers how to respond to being swarmed by a mob, the exercise resulted in the young cop getting “beaten to death,” Huffman insists.
The suit further argues that the 32-year-old suffered “catastrophic spinal injuries” and breaks in his neck during the incident.
The suit was filed two days after the cop’s funeral and after the police department insisted Tipping suffered injuries as a result of a “horrible accident” that took place while he was “grappling” with another cop.
According to the reports, no arrests have been made since the incident.
While the LAPD launched an investigation into the young man’s brutal death and expressed sadness over his loss, Huffman’s attorney, Bradley Gage, suggested the training that cost Tipping his life “had already been questioned” in the past due to injuries that other officers sustained.
In her complaint, Huffman alleges wrongful death, civil rights violations, and assault and battery while seeking unspecified financial compensation from the city.
The mother has also demanded the city preserves all evidence related to her son’s tragic death including “videos of the entire training exercise and actions taken against Officer Tipping.”
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