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3 People Died While in Police Custody in California on Saturday

June 30, 2014  | 

Authorities reported Sunday that a man died the previous day while in custody at the Oxnard Police Department, marking the third time a person died while in custody in the Ventura and Los Angeles Counties on that day, reports KTLA-TV.

Juan Zavala was arrested Friday around 10:15 p.m. for resisting arrest, resisting an executive officer and escaping from arrest, according to a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office news release.

“Zavala displayed bizarre behavior and signs of being under the influence of drugs,” the news release stated.

Two other incidents happened on Saturday.

Officers responding to a disturbing the peace report in Lancaster, Calif., believed the unidentified man was under the influence, handcuffed him and put him in the back of a patrol vehicle.

The man later became unresponsive and died at the scene.

A third person died while in custody Saturday, according to a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department news release.

A female was arrested on drug charges Thursday and held at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station.

Personnel found her lying on the cell floor and unresponsive while conducting a security check Saturday afternoon. She died later at a local hospital.

Tags: Ventura County (Calif.) Sheriff, In-Custody Deaths, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department


Comments (12)

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Lenny @ 6/30/2014 2:21 PM

Nice work.
When people are in your custody you should at least try to see that they
don't die. This is happening at an alarming rate.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/30/2014 4:47 PM

A LEO cannot stay with an arrestee 24/7. But now we should look at the bright side of these type of incidents. 1) short police report 2) drug dealer loses mony3)tax payers save money and 4) 3 less criminals on the street. Even Lenny, thinks it's nice work, it may be alarming but things work out for the best.

Lenny @ 6/30/2014 6:09 PM

@ Capt. Crunch

Thank you for so expertly showing my point.
1 Short police report, the cops best friend

2 Drug dealer loses money, hmmm, since no autopsy has
been done how do you know that they were all on drugs.
Are you simply going to accept the word of the officer.
Many people who have been thought to be on drugs (and
subsequently beaten) by police were in fact in a state of
hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or suffering mental health
problems.

3 Taxpayers save money, well they might if they didnt have
to blow it on the endless settlements that go against you and yours.
And

4 3 less criminals on the street. That may be the most despicable
comment I have ever heard on here. Your assertion that these
events worked out for the BEST by having 3 people die while
in custody before even being arraigned perfectly exposes the
problem with police today. Your utter lack of care or concern for
all but cops is, in my mind the reason so many are taking up arms
against you. Cause & effect.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/30/2014 7:48 PM

@ Lenny, you like everyone else has a right to their opinion and I respect that. I also have a right to my opinion. Just for the record I love people but do not love criminals. I see you agree with me on 12&3, but not 4, so it appears you love criminals, that sir tells me you need some help. Please seek it.

Don @ 7/1/2014 3:45 AM

OMG, Ok, Ok, Lenny we get it, you don't like police officers. Can we move on now. Every stinking blog on this site is full of your whining. Oh, except the articles when officers are shown doing something good. I oh so what to thank you for single handily saving the world.

Lenny's vagina @ 7/1/2014 10:47 AM

To bad these criminals died. It would've been nice for me to spread my legs and they all fist me uncontrollably. Fuck off Lenny. You pussy, you don't deserve to suck my air.

Lenny @ 7/1/2014 4:56 PM

@capt crunch
As I said earlier none of these people had even been officially charged yet, and 1 was still on scene. How exactly are these PEOPLE criminals? I do not agree with you on anything here, how
you manage to to equate me believing in rights for people to loving criminals is at best insane.
I realize you are trying to walk back your comments and making me look like the bad guy here,
but seriously. I would like to find out who you actually are and let all your family, friends and neighbors know your knuckle dragging attitudes towards civilians.
@ don
Yes it is true that some officers go above and beyond and I thank and commend them for that.
It isn't that I don't like cops as you say I DREAD them, a call to 911 these days is very likely to end with the caller being killed by those they called for help.
@vagina man
A good fisting would be just the thing for you, then maybe some juice and a nap. Go throw a grenade at a baby, slit a dog's throat, and throw a cripple to the ground.

Capt. Crunch @ 7/1/2014 7:48 PM

@ Lenny, when you read a story you should be fair to both sides. The suspects in these cases, the officers observed their criminal behavior. This is what the police call ON VIEW. Lenny, a word of advice, what goes around comes around.

Don @ 7/2/2014 3:14 AM

OK Lenny so you DREAD them. We get it! No one cares……………. Just S.T.F.U!

Don @ 7/3/2014 3:55 AM

Oh Lenny you are so funny. You’re my hero. I love little D-heads like you, because as long as people like you are around, I have a job. Thank You and keep up the good work!

Don @ 7/4/2014 9:47 AM

Lenny-Honestly it just seems to me that you like the attention. All of your angry post aren't going to accomplish a thing except make you angrier. Move on Lenny. Post on sites that are more like minded with you. I'm sure that it will make you happier and I'm sure you could find one. I know you believe you are doing the right thing, but really what has it gotten you so far? Unless, typing this hatred against police officer makes you feel more powerful, more righteous and happy. Because I would rather have you typing words than shooting one of us out of this delusional rage that you think all cops are out to kill you.

Jim B. @ 7/5/2014 8:44 AM

So my question is, what is "resisting an executive officer?"

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