LAPD officer, Houston Tipping, 32, allegedly, died from injuries sustained from a dept. training exercise
His mother Shirley Huffman filed a wrongful death suit against the city of Los Angeles
Huffman in her lawsuit alleges he was was ‘beaten to death by colleagues in simulated mob attack training exercise
Tipping was ‘repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled’
He was also left with multiple breaks in his neck and suffered a ‘catastrophic spinal injury’ which caused his death, the suit claims
Official LAPD report is that Tipping was injured while ‘grappling’ with another officer
Dept. referred to his death as a ‘horrible accident
The Los Angeles Police Department has been hit with a wrongful death lawsuit after an officer was ‘beaten to death’ in a training exercise meant to ‘simulate a mob attack’.
Officer Houston Tipping was ‘repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled’ during a training activity, is the main allegation contained in a lawsuit filed by his mother, Shirley Huffman.
Five-year LAPD veteran Tipping, 32, was left with multiple breaks in his neck and suffered a ‘catastrophic spinal injury’ which caused his death, the suit claims. The 32-year-old also sustained multiple injuries that required stitches.
The official account by the LAPD is that during the training, officer Tipping was injured while ‘grappling’ with another officer and referred to his death as a ‘horrible accident.’ No one has been arrested or charged over his death.
Tipping was buried Wednesday during a funeral attended by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LAPD brass including police chief Michel Moore and other department heads.
Huffman filed the complaint against the city on Friday, just two days after Tipping’s funeral, alleging wrongful death, assault and battery and civil rights violations.
Officer Houston Tipping was ‘repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled’ during a training activity, a lawsuit filed by his mother, Shirley Huffman alleges in her wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD.
The wrongful death lawsuit Friday against the LAPD states that five-year veteran Officer Houston Tipping was ‘beaten to death’ last month in a training exercise meant to ‘simulate a mob’.
The court documents state that Officer Houston Tipping was ‘repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled’ during the training activity.
He was left with multiple breaks in his neck and suffered a ‘catastrophic spinal injury’ which caused his death, the suit claims.
Huffman claims the training exercise that led to her son’s death ‘had already been questioned’ before he got hurt because of injuries suffered by other officers.
Her attorney, Bradley Gage, said the allegations outlined in the suit was based on interviews conducted with witnesses and individuals privy to the situation.
LAPD, which declined to detail the the nature of the exercise, told The Los Angeles Times officials are taking the ‘matter seriously.’
The department has launched an investigation into the incident to determine if ‘there are any changes that need to be made’ to prevent future tragedy.
‘It is tragic and we’re all saddened by his loss,’ LAPD spokeswoman Capt. Kelly Muniz told the newspaper on Friday.
Shirley Huffman’s suit calls for unspecified financial compensation and punitive damages from the city.
She also demanding that the city preserve all evidence in the case, including ‘videos of the entire training exercise and actions taken against Officer Tipping.’
LAPD officials claim Tipping fell to the ground during the training at the department’s Elysian Park Academy on May 26.
Officers immediately began CPR, contacted Los Angeles Fire Department crews and Tipping was transported to the USC Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries three days later.
Tipping is survived by his parents, Richard and Shirley; his stepfather Bob, his siblings Kat and Tyler as well as his girlfriend, Britney. Family, colleagues and loved ones were at the funeral honoring his life on Wednesday.
Delivering the eulogy at Wednesday’s funeral the LAPD Chief Michel Moore knelt before Tipping’s parents and presented them with an American flag. The event was attended by the late officer’s family, colleagues and loved ones.
The chief called Tipping impressive to his peers and said he had a ‘willingness to go the extra mile to make the world a better place.’
Tipping patrolled around the Devonshire neighborhood and ‘loved serving as a police officer,’ according to the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which said he will be remembered ‘for how he loved and made people laugh.’
He was also an organ donor, Moore revealed last month, and his ‘selflessness’ was used to help ‘save other lives.’
Shirley Huffman in her wrongful lawsuit referenced Chief Moore’s remarks. She states that that despite the praise Moore heaped on her son, it ‘wasn’t enough to avoid other officers paralyzing him and eventually killing him in violation of law, and his civil rights.’