CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A state District Court jury has ruled in favor of three Clovis police officers who were accused of using excessive force in restraining a man in 2006.
The Clovis News Journal [auth] (http://bit.ly/172F23q ) reports that the jury Friday rejected a $3 million lawsuit filed on behalf of the estate of Juventino C. Hernandez.
Hernandez died sometime after the incident.
The suit accused the officers of hog-tying Hernandez with a dog leash after handcuffing him and placing him in ankle restraints in June 2006.
Court testimony indicated Hernandez may have suffered a psychotic episode and that he attacked officers responding to a family’s call for help.
The officers testified that Hernandez continued to kick after restrained.
They said the leash was used to prevent Hernandez from injuring himself.