The parents of Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer, who was murdered in Palmdale on September 16, 2023, have announced they are suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) and Board of Supervisors.
The family, represented by attorney Brad Gage, accuses the department and county leaders of knowingly putting the lives of law enforcement officers at risk by enforcing excessive amounts of mandatory overtime, Fox LA reports.
According to Gage, Deputy Clinkunbroomer was forced to work more than 100 hours of overtime each month.
The attorney says the department's practice of mandating excessive overtime creates a known danger and intentionally puts deputies at risk.
The claim asserts that the fatigue resulting from these demanding work schedules impairs the deputies' ability to stay alert and respond effectively in the line of duty.
While the LA County Sheriff’s Department would not address the claim, it did issue the following statement:
"The senseless ambush murder of Deputy Ryan Clinkunbroomer was the epitome of evil and the Department continues to mourn his death. We lost a valued member of our Department family who was committed to serving our communities. The Sheriff’s Department remains committed to securing a successful prosecution against the individual responsible for Ryan’s murder. Our thoughts continue to remain with the entire Clinkunbroomer family."