Man to Sue LA Sheriff's Dept. Over Deputy Beating
Video of beating provided exclusively to KTLA 5.
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Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies beat Marco Chiclana April 2 as they arrested him April 2 in front of Antelope Valley Hospital. Chiclana is suing the Sheriff's Department over the beating. (Attorney Bradley Gage)
Marco Chiclana was arrested by deputies April 2 in front of Antelope Valley Hospital.
Chiclana's attorney, Brad Gage, says his client was the one who called deputies to the hospital, after his father tried to stab him with a screwdriver.
Chiclana's father had just undergone heart surgery and he was disoriented, Gage said.
He tried to leave the hospital against doctor's orders and when Chiclana attempted to stop him, the father tried to stab him.
In the video, deputies arrive and shake Chiclana's hand, but then a fight ensues. One deputy punches Chiclana repeatedly in the face before other deputies swarm him and take him down.
Gage says the beating was unprovoked.
Chiclana was treated at Antelope Valley Hospital.
"He had broken bones in his face," Gage said. "He had trouble seeing out of one of his eyes."
Gage also says witnesses saw the deputies high-fiving each other after the beating and took cell phone photos of Chiclana's injuries.
"To me, that show malice," he said.
But sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore tells a very different story.
"We asked him to take his hands out of his pockets," Whitmore said. "We were trying to figure out what happened and he refused to do so."
When Chiclana finally took his hand out of his pocket, he was holding a screwdriver, Whitmore said. Gage said that was the screwdriver Chiclana's father tried to stab him with.
"We tried to grab him to try to contain the situation, and he immediately became verbally combative and then struck our deputy in the jaw," he said.
Whitmore says the Sheriff's Department has additional video and witnesses that, together, tell the complete story of what happened that day.
Chiclana was arrested that day on suspicion of resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer and is due to appear in court in January.
Meanwhile, Gage is filing suit against the Sheriff's Department.