“They were beating him real bad, and he died of the wounds,” said Yair Abrego, the victim’s brother.
Abrego suffered from a severe concussion and bruises to his face and body. He later died at the hospital. One of the sergeants had a broken hand, and another had a knee injury.
Los Angeles County coroner’s Chief Craig Harvey told the L.A. Times that they are still determining the cause of death and are looking into more tests. However, the initial coroner’s report said that Abrego was “combative and confused with acute cocaine intoxication.”
LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is investigating the incident further. Abrego’s funeral will take place on Saturday.
This incident happened just days before LAPD officers from the same Newton Division fatally shot 24-year-old Ezell Ford, whose family said was “mentally challenged” and complying with officers on Monday night.