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Miranda case going to trial

Family suing L.A. County Sheriff's Department for violating teen's rights, leading to his death

Posted: August 23, 2009 9:09 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Nearly two years after the unsolved slaying of a 17-year-old in Newhall, a trial set for Friday will determine whether sheriff's deputies who stopped a relative driving him to the hospital contributed to the teen's death.

The family of Bryan Miranda is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, along with Sheriff Leroy Baca for violating Miranda's civil rights, leading to his wrongful death after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting.

The claims made against the sheriff's department include negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Miranda was not a gang member, investigators said, though one of his friends at the party was.

On Dec. 2, 2007, at about 12:30 a.m., Miranda was at a party in the 21400 block of Arch Street in Newhall when suspects in a brown Toyota Camry opened fire at partygoers.

Jose Valdez of Palmdale was hit first. Miranda rushed to his side but was hit by several other bullets, suffering wounds to his back, buttocks, right arm and lower leg.

Antulio Miranda rushed Valdez and Miranda to nearby Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in his car, but was pulled over by sheriff's deputies.

The lawsuit claims the deputies shone a light in the wounded Miranda's eyes, had him get out of the car, tried to handcuff him and kicked him as he faded in and out of consciousness.

Another deputy told Miranda, "why don't you close your eyes and die you gangster," according to the lawsuit.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department emergency crews arrived at the scene of the traffic stop about 12:47 a.m. Miranda arrived at the hospital at 12:51 a.m. and was admitted 12:57 a.m.

He died about 2:40 a.m.

Valdez survived, and also filed a lawsuit against the sheriff's department. Attorneys have agreed to combine the two lawsuits into a single case.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Miranda's killer.

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