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Lawsuit filed by Perris man who became quadriplegic after jail fight

By in Press Enterprise on June 15, 2017

By Brian Rokos

Genoveva Manzo watched a video taken in the day room of a Riverside County jail and couldn’t believe what she saw:

First, her brother David Manzo fought with another inmate, who knocked Manzo down face-first onto the floor. Then, after Riverside County sheriff’s deputies entered, they repeatedly tried to get him to sit up. But his body was limp, and they had to roll him out in a wheelchair.

“I was very saddened and upset about how my brother was treated. Very inhumane,” Genoveva Manzo said Thursday, June 15, in a conference call that included her attorney, Temecula-based Robert Trujillo.

Inmate David Manzo of Perris became a quadriplegic after receiving inadequate medical care following a fight in a day room at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, according to a federal lawsuit filed by his attorney on June 14, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Trujillo and Trujillo law firm)

Trujillo on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Perris resident David Manzo, 36, against the county, Sheriff Stan Sniff, sheriff’s corrections officials, deputies and other Robert Presley Detention Center employees.

The suit alleges that poor treatment by deputies and inadequate medical care on the day of the fight, Oct. 25, 2016, left David Manzo a quadriplegic.

He is in a Redlands care facility where he is having other health issues such as pneumonia, Trujillo said.

The lawsuit did not specify a dollar amount being sought in damages; however, Trujillo said he has received estimates that Manzo will need $29 million over his life for care. That does not include expenses for his schizophrenia, for which he had been receiving treatment before the fight.

Trujillo had filed a claim for $74 million in April that was rejected by the county. A claim must be filed and rejected […]    

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