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Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Anaheim Police

The family of a man who was shot by Anaheim police in January has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department. The lawsuit claims that their family member did not represent a threat to the police force and that he was shot for no reason. They are seeking $20 million in the lawsuit.

According to the complaint that was filed on Oct. 15 at the Orange County Superior Court, SWAT team members received a 911 call at an apartment complex in Orange County when witness stated that a man had a gun.

When the SWAT team arrived at the scene, they saw a group of men in the parking lot and claimed that the victim threatened them with a gun. The gun that the victim had in his hand at the time was a BB gun that he purchased for his son.

The officers shot the man thinking it was an assault rifle. The lawsuit claims that the man represented no danger to the police force.  Officials with the police department stated that each patrol car is equipped with a gun and after receiving a call about a man with a gun, they decided to “deploy” the weapon based on the situation.

If your loved one has been the victim of wrongful death, we know that compensation cannot make the tragedy go away, but it may be able to help with added financial stress. Contact the San Diego wrongful death lawyers of Ritter & Associates today.

5 Deaths Allegedly Connected To Monster Energy Drinks

A 24-ounce can of Monster Energy Drink contains approximately 240 milligrams of caffeine. This amount is roughly seven times higher than the amount of caffeine that is found in a 12-ounce can of soda.

The Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has initiated an investigation into this popular energy drink after five separate fatalities were reported. The reports range from 2004 to present. The allegations outlined in the reports vary, but the underlying issue remains the same: Monster Energy Drink can kill. A limit was put in place by the FDA to regulate caffeine in soda, but no such limit for energy drinks exists.

The investigation made national attention after a recent wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the energy drink company in regards to the death of a 14-year-old girl in California. According to the lawsuit, the young Riverside girl consumed two 24-ounce cans of the highly-caffeinated drink within one day’s time. The girl died shortly after drinking the second Monster Energy Drink.

The autopsy of the teenager indicated that she died of cardiac arrhythmia which was caused by caffeine toxicity. It was also discovered that the girl had a blood vessel disorder that was genetic. The Corona-based company released a statement saying that it was unaware of any fatalities connected to its energy drink that is currently on the market.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, please contact the wrongful death lawyers of Ritter & Associates by calling 619-296-0123 today.

Joyce Meyer Ministries Wrongful Death Suit Refiled

In 2009, Sheri Coleman and her two young sons were strangled to death in their Columbia, Illinois home. The individual who was convicted of these murders was the woman’s husband, Christopher Coleman.

For six months prior to the killings, Coleman sent anonymous death threats to his family alleging that someone was plotting their murders. He sent these for a long period of time in order to ensure that someone else would be blamed for the murders instead of himself. Coleman was the head security chief at Joyce Meyer Ministries in Fenton, Illinois.

According to investigators that are attached to the case, Coleman wanted to kill his wife and two small boys in order to move to Florida and begin a new life with a girlfriend that he had acquired. Coleman was convicted of the murders two years after he carried them out, and will spend the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.

The brother and mother of Sheri Coleman filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Joyce Meyer Ministries on behalf of Sheri and her sons. The lawsuit was filed in Monroe County and claimed that the ministry should have known that Sheri’s husband was behind the death threats towards her and her children. The lawsuit also stated that Sheri should have been informed of this information in order to take necessary precautions to protect herself and her family.

The initial wrongful death lawsuit was dismissed by a judge in the case. The reason for the dismissal was deemed to be the lack of proper allegations in regards to the slayings. A new wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Joyce Meyer Ministries, this time alleging that the ministry failed to provide security to the Coleman family, and knew of changing behaviors within Christopher Coleman, but failed to report them to the proper authorities.

Drivers sentenced in fatal race-related accident

As a parent, you want nothing more to see your children grow up to be successful and happy. For two San Diego families, those hopes were crushed when their teenage sons were killed earlier this year on Route 52 after two reckless drivers engaged one another in drag racing.

Two teen drivers, ages 19 and 16, prompted each other to race on the highway and exceeded speeds of 100 mph. Tragedy struck when the younger driver lost control of his car and hit a vehicle with four teenagers inside. An 18 year-old recent graduate of El Capitan High School and a 16 year-old junior at Santana High School were killed as they returned home from a party at La Jolla Shores. The other two passengers were seriously injured, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Both drivers pleaded guilty to the charges brought against them, the older driver of a felony charge of engaging in a speed contest and the younger of gross vehicular homicide. The 19 year-old was sentenced to 180 days in jail with three years probation. The other driver was sentenced in juvenile court and must serve a year in youth camp.

Nothing can replace the life of a loved one. While loss is always difficult, it can be harder to heal when the life of someone you love was wrongly taken. If a family member’s death was caused due to recklessness or negligence, you have the right to sue the responsible party for wrongful death. A lawsuit, while it won’t remedy the tragic situation, can bring the guilty to justice and bring financial support to your family.


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