Richmond Police Officers were trained in how to detain a mentally ill person for a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation under W&I 5150. Officers learned proper communication and deescalation tactics to avoid the need for any force in such situations. Instead, without any specific threat from Uriah Dach other than his large size, Richmond officers Tased him for 72 seconds straight, then Tased him 5 more times, severely beat him, pepper sprayed him, improperly restrained him, and left him for dead face down on the ground. The City agreed to pay this $1.5 Million settlement to Mr. Dach’s parents.
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