Bill and Katie Robinson hold a portrait of their son, Matthew Clayton Robinson, on April 25 in Orland. Off his medications for bipolar disorder and in the midst of a breakdown, Robinson, 33, was in the back of a vehicle transporting him to Restpadd psychiatric facility in Redding in July 2014 when he began shouting, bouncing and flailing inside the van. By the time he arrived, the driver had summoned police for help in removing Robinson from the van. Officers pummeled his face and pinned him to the ground, placing a fabric hood over his head designed to prevent him from spewing blood and saliva. Within minutes, Robinson was unresponsive. He wound up in a coma and died seven days later. His parents are suing the city and police, alleging violations of their son’s civil rights.
Bill and Katie Robinson hold a portrait of their son, Matthew Clayton Robinson, on April 25 in Orland. Off his medications for bipolar disorder and in the midst of a breakdown, Robinson, 33, was in the back of a vehicle transporting him to Restpadd psychiatric facility in Redding in July 2014 when he began shouting, bouncing and flailing inside the van. By the time he arrived, the driver had summoned police for help in removing Robinson from the van. Officers pummeled his face and pinned him to the ground, placing a fabric hood over his head designed to prevent him from spewing blood and saliva. Within minutes, Robinson was unresponsive. He wound up in a coma and died seven days later. His parents are suing the city and police, alleging violations of their son’s civil rights. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Bill and Katie Robinson hold a portrait of their son, Matthew Clayton Robinson, on April 25 in Orland. Off his medications for bipolar disorder and in the midst of a breakdown, Robinson, 33, was in the back of a vehicle transporting him to Restpadd psychiatric facility in Redding in July 2014 when he began shouting, bouncing and flailing inside the van. By the time he arrived, the driver had summoned police for help in removing Robinson from the van. Officers pummeled his face and pinned him to the ground, placing a fabric hood over his head designed to prevent him from spewing blood and saliva. Within minutes, Robinson was unresponsive. He wound up in a coma and died seven days later. His parents are suing the city and police, alleging violations of their son’s civil rights. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com

Lawsuit: Redding police beat, suffocated mentally ill Chico man

June 05, 2017 04:00 AM

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