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The Los Angeles Police Department was hit with a wrongful death lawsuit after an officer was ‘beaten to death’ in a training exercise meant to ‘simulate a mob.’
Officer Houston Tipping was ‘repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled’ during a training activity, a lawsuit filed by his mother, Shirley Huffman, alleges.
Tipping, 32, was left with multiple breaks in his neck and suffered a ‘catastrophic spinal injury’ which caused his death, the suit claims. The five-year LAPD veteran also obtained multiple injuries that required stitches.
The department said Tipping was injured while ‘grappling’ with another officer and referred to his death as a ‘horrible accident.’
Tipping was laid to rest last Wednesday during a funeral attended by the LAPD police chief, department leaders and the LA mayor.
Huffman filed the complaint against the city on Friday, just two days after Tipping’s funeral, alleging wrongful death, assault and battery and civil rights violations.
LAPD has been hit with a wrongful death lawsuit Friday after five-year veteran Officer Houston Tipping was ‘beaten to death’ last month in a training exercise meant to ‘simulate a mob’
Officer Houston Tipping was ‘repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled’ during the training activity. He was left with multiple breaks in his neck and suffered a ‘catastrophic spinal injury’ which caused his death, the suit claims. LAPD officers are pictured carrying his casket during his funeral last Wednesday
Huffman claims the training exercise that led to her son’s death ‘had already been questioned’ before he got hurt because of injuries suffered by other officers.
Her attorney, Bradley Gage, said the allegations outlined in the suit her based on interviews conducted with witnesses and individuals privy to the situation.
LAPD, which declined to detail the the nature of the exercise, told The Los Angeles Times officials are taking the ‘matter seriously.’
The department has launched an investigation into the incident to determine if ‘there are any changes that need to be made’ to prevent future tragedy.
‘It is tragic and we’re all saddened by his loss,’ LAPD spokeswoman Capt. Kelly Muniz told the newspaper on Friday.
Huffman’s suit calls for unspecified financial compensation and punitive damages from the city.
The grieving mother also wants the city to preserve all evidence in the case, including ‘videos of the entire training exercise and actions taken against Officer Tipping.’
DailyMail.com has requested comment from both Huffman’s attorney and the LAPD.
LAPD officials claim Tipping fell to the ground during the training at the department’s Elysian Park Academy on May 26
The department said Tipping (left) was injured while ‘grappling’ with an other officer and referred to his death as a ‘horrible accident’
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders stand at attention as the family of LAPD Officer Houston Tipping arrive at his memorial service on Wednesday
LAPD officials claim Tipping fell to the ground during the training at the department’s Elysian Park Academy on May 26.
His family, colleagues and loved ones attended a funeral honoring his life on Wednesday.
During the funeral LAPD Chief Michel Moore knelt before Tipping’s parents and presented them with an American flag.
The chief called Tipping impressive to his peers and said he had a ‘willingness to go the extra mile to make the world a better place.’
Huffman, referenced Moore’s remarks in her lawsuit, and alleged that despite the praise it ‘wasn’t enough to avoid other officers paralyzing him and eventually killing him in violation of law, and his civil rights.’
Tipping patrolled around the Devonshire neighborhood and ‘loved serving as a police officer,’ according to the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which said he will be remembered ‘for how he loved and made people laugh.’
He was also an organ donor, Moore revealed last month, and his ‘selflessness’ was used to help ‘save other lives.’
Tipping is survived by his parents, Richard and Shirley; his stepfather Bob; siblings Kat and Tyler; and his girlfriend, Britney.
Tipping, right, patrolled the Devonshire neighborhood of the City of Angels and was a bike instructor who reportedly ‘loved serving as a police officer’
Tipping is survived by his girlfriend, Britney (pictured) as well as his parents Richard and Shirley; his stepfather Bob; and siblings Kat and Tyler