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California city pays man nearly $1m after 17-hour police interrogation


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A California city has agreed to pay $900,000 to a man who was subjected to a 17-hour police interrogation in which officers pressured him to falsely confess to murdering his father, who was alive.

During the 2018 interrogation of Thomas Perez Jr by police in Fontana, a city east of Los Angeles, officers suggested they would have Perez’s dog euthanized as a result of his actions, according to a complaint and footage of the encounter. A judge said the questioning appeared to be “unconstitutional psychological torture”, and the city agreed to settle Perez’s lawsuit for $898,000, his lawyer announced this week.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/article/2024/may/24/california-fontana-payment-man-tortured-police

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It's horrible when criminals manage to become law enforcement officers.

Those involved should lose their positions permanently, never again able to hold such and face charges for their illegal actions.

Also might help if prosecutors and law enforcement who knowingly use false evidence or coercion to wrongly convict a person, should have to serve the sentence wrongfully handed down to the innocent when revealed.

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