The Los Angeles Times recently published a piece detailing the civil rights violations against our client, Lyle Spruill, and the public’s growing mistrust of the police. Lately, Law Enforcement in the United States have had their dependability deeply questioned as they increasingly have not been able to be trusted to tell the truth. Police brutality and misconduct is more prevalent than ever, and having a police brutality lawyer on your side is imperative. Luckily for one victim, justice prevailed as a settlement of $500,000 was reached against a group of deputies who had falsely accused him of a crime they knew did not commit.
Kirakosian Law and Lyle Spruill
Greg Kirakosian, of Kirakosian Law, represented Lyle Spruill in a lawsuit against six Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies from the notorious Century Station. Spruill was arrested in December of 2019 and was accused by two deputies of pulling a weapon and firing upon the deputies with the intent to kill them. As a result, he faced very serious charges, including the attempted murder of a police officer which could potentially lead to a life in prison. He spent the next six months in jail, and all because six different Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies had claimed to have witnessed the incident and corroborate the deputies’ allegation that they were fired upon by Spruill.
They had reported hearing a single gunshot during a foot chase outside Golden Bird Chicken in Willowbrook, and one said he saw a revolver on the man they were after, followed by a bright muzzle flash. However, there was no gun to be found and deputies accused an unknown accomplice of picking up the weapon to help Spruill.
Based on the reports and affidavits of these police officers, the district attorney’s office naturally charged Spruill with attempted murder. However, just before his scheduled preliminary hearing in June 2020, prosecutors dropped the case. Luckily for Spruill, video surveillance of his interaction with the deputies were captured by a local business and clearly showed that Spruill had never stopped, turned, or fired a gun at anyone. The district attorney’s office said that the evidence, including surveillance footage of him and the absence of gunshot residue, didn’t support the charges.
Spruill and his attorney, Greg Kirakosian said that if it were not for the physical evidence, it would have been a case of “he said, she said”, but it would be Spruill’s word against that of several law enforcement officers.