LAPD Officer Houston Tipping was fatally beaten in training exercise meant to ‘simulate a mob,’ mother claims

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles police officer who died of neck accidents suffered throughout coaching had been crushed by fellow officers in an train meant to “simulate a mob,” in line with a wrongful-death declare filed in opposition to the town by his mom.

Houston Tipping, 32, was harm Could 26 on the police academy and died three days later. His funeral Wednesday was attended by police Chief Michel Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Tipping’s mom, Shirley Huffman, filed her discover of declare in opposition to the town Friday, alleging wrongful demise and civil rights violations. Such claims are sometimes a precursor to lawsuits.

Huffman alleges her son was “repeatedly struck within the head severely sufficient that he bled” and that he suffered a number of breaks in his neck, which prompted his demise.

The declare additionally alleges the coaching train “had already been questioned” earlier than Tipping was harm due to accidents suffered by different officers.

Capt. Kelly Muniz, a police spokesperson, instructed the Los Angeles Instances that the division couldn’t touch upon the declare. The division has launched its personal investigation into the incident, partially to find out whether or not “there are any modifications that must be made,” Muniz stated.

Tipping, a five-year division veteran, had labored as a patrol officer within the San Fernando Valley.

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