Riverside County cleared in wrongful death lawsuit

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Updated: 8/28 12:40 pm

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A jury has sided with Riverside County in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of a Palmdale man who died after an altercation with sheriff's deputies.

The Press-Enterprise reported Wednesday that the Superior Court jury unanimously decided the county was not liable in the 2011 death of 68-year-old Dennis Katz.

Katz's wife and daughter filed suit in 2012. The lawsuit alleged Katz, who is described as "medically and physically handicapped," did nothing wrong but was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly struck.

Sheriff's officials said Katz was belligerent, defied instructions by exiting his car and flung urine from a container at a deputy.

Attorneys for the Katz family did not return phone calls seeking comment.


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