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Tragic Death of Reggie Payne Linked To Police And Firefighter Wrongdoing

Walkup Firm’s Federal Civil Rights Wrongful Death Case Against the City of Sacramento Profiled in Sacramento Bee

Reggie Payne’s family shared their emotional story with the Sacramento Bee in the wake of newly released evidence in their federal civil rights wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Sacramento. Payne died in 2020 after firefighters violated protocols and training, standing by as police officers used an improper prone position to restrain him during a medical emergency. In the article, Payne’s mother and sister expressed their frustration and determination to seek justice for Reggie’s wrongful death. Walkup attorney Joseph Nicholson also weighed in on the new developments as our firm prepares for trial. Read more here


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Recently published communications in a police and firefighter negligence liability case published in the Sacramento Bee confirms the tragic death of  Reggie Payne is linked to police and firefighter wrongdoing. Walkup attorneys filed suit against the City of Sacramento and individual police officers and firefighters after Payne died in custody in 2020. Firefighters were originally dispatched to Payne’s home to respond to a hypoglycemic event. They called for police assistance in restraining Reggie in order to administer aid. Payne had committed no offense and was in a medical emergency. Police handcuffed him face down in a figure-four leg lock. Reggie is heard on police body cam video crying for his parents and saying he can’t breathe until he becomes unresponsive. The supervising fire captain was ultimately terminated. According to the Bee, in his dismissal letter the city noted that “Your actions and failure to monitor the medical condition on scene constitutes an inexcusable neglect of duty.”

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