An LAPD officer was beaten to death by colleagues during a training session simulating a mob attack, a new allegation by his mother of wrongful death.
Houston Tipping, 32, died three days after an accident at work at the department’s Elysian Park Academy on May 26.
Tipping acted as a bicycle instructor in a scenario involving an altercation with another officer, the LAPD said in a statement after his death.
At one point, “Officer Tipping fell to the ground and suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury,” police said.
Tipping’s mother, Shirley Huffman, filed a lawsuit against the city on Friday alleging alleged homicide and civil rights violations, the Los Angeles Times reported. Such claims are often preceded by lawsuits.
Huffman’s claim claims her son was “repeatedly hit in the head so badly that he bled” and that he sustained multiple neck fractures that caused his death, the Times reported.
Other officers were previously injured in the exercise, calling into question training before Tipping died, the claim said.
LAPD declined to comment on the allegation. The department is investigating the incident internally to determine if “changes need to be made,” spokesman Captain Kelly Muniz told the newspaper.
Tipping, a five-year veteran of the department, had worked as a patrolman in the San Fernando Valley.
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