Wednesday, May 28, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.

Another federal lawsuit filed against the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has surfaced this week.

The case, filed in the U.S. District Court, involves a July 5, 2013 incident where an inmate, who was booked on domestic violence charges, fell to his death from the second story of West Valley Detention Center housing unit.

The inmate died a week later from massive brain injury.

Upland-based Attorney Fernando Bernheim, alleges, on behalf of the family of Gonzalo Arroyo, the following causes of action against the county and department:

  • Violation of Federal Civil Rights (42 U.S.C. 1983)
  • Negligence (Vicarious Liability)
  • Wrongful Death
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Physical Pain, Mental Suffering and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

A key allegation in the negligence cause of action is a common theme these days. That being “Failure to Supervise”.

Interestingly, Arroyo is alleged to have been released from custody during his treatment. The move dumps the medical bill on the family.

It’s also alleged that medical center staff suggested the family seek out an attorney.

To read the federal civil rights complaint, click the following link: Arroyo v. San Bernardino County Sheriff

The case is Arroyo v. San Bernardino County Sheriff et al, Case No. 5:14-cv-00276-VAP-DTB is pending in the Eastern Division of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California,.