Eric Esteban Briceno, a 39-year-old Latino male, died Monday, March 16, in the 4300 block of East 58th Street in Maywood, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
Briceno's mother, Blanca Briceno, said she called authorities that day to help her son, who was in the midst of a mental health crisis.
“We called them to come and help us, to get some help,” Blanca Briceno said, choking up during an interview at her Maywood home. “And instead, they came and killed him, brutally killed him.”
In an autopsy report obtained by The Times, coroner's officials concluded that Briceno died of cardiopulmonary arrest, resulting from neck compression and restraint with a Taser.
The death was ruled a homicide, but the designation doesn't mean it was intentional or a crime.
The Briceno family last month filed a wrongful death claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, against the L.A. County Sheriff's Department …
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