Jorge Gonzalez Zuniga Biography – Jorge Gonzalez Zuniga Wikipedia
Jorge Gonzalez Zuniga, a 23-year-old father and husband, died after his neck was broken during a violent arrest on April 11 in Texas
The family of a man who died after his neck was broken during a violent arrest in Texas are suing the authorities in a wrongful death lawsuit.
At some point during the celebration Zuniga fell asleep in his friend’s yard. Police who were patrolling the area saw Zuniga, woke him up and told him to go home.
During the arrest, Zuniga was pepper sprayed, tased multiple times, pushed to the ground, had his neck crushed, and was handcuffed and placed in ankle restraints.
After being booked and his mugshot was taken – with cops holding up his head – Zuniga was found unresponsive in his cell and had a severe cervical fracture, a swollen spinal cord and was paralyzed.
He died in the hospital in July and now his family is seeking justice.
‘Mr. Zuniga followed their commands and started to go home ‘but officers then decided to arrest him for public intoxication and disobeying COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, two minor, non-violent misdemeanors that were both later dismissed, according to the legal complaint filed by attorneys representing Mr. Zuniga’s bereaved mother, wife and baby son, ‘the prosecution states.
According to a statement from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office: ‘Mr. Zuniga refused to cooperate and became physically agitated, verbally abusive, and strongly resisted efforts to be taken into custody. ‘
During the course of the arrest, Zuniga was pepper sprayed and tased multiple times.
The prosecution alleges he was’ pushed to the ground, had his neck crushed, was handcuffed and placed in ankle restraints.
‘At one point he was intentionally tripped and when he would not get up while still fully shackled, he was tased.’
After the violent arrest, Zuniga was placed in the patrol car and transported to the Hidalgo County Adult Detention Center.
Mugshots taken afterwards reveal that he was unable to hold up his own head and substantial swelling is clearly visible in a side profile image.
‘Despite the obvious injuries, including a large swollen neck, cuts and contusions, the jail officials acted with deliberate indifference and at no time sent Mr. Zuniga for medical evaluation or treatment. Instead, he was thrown into the ‘drunk tank’ and left alone, ‘the legal complaint, filed by Thomas J. Henry Law, a personal injury attorney in Austin, Texas, says.
The lawsuit reads: ‘Mr. Zuniga was left in his cell for over twenty-one hours without any medical attention.
‘Finally… twenty-one hours after his booking, someone at the jail checked on him. He was found to be non-responsive. ‘
Zuniga was then taken to the McAllen Heart Hospital and then the McAllen Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with ‘a severe cervical fracture, a swollen spinal cord and was a quadriplegic,’ according to the lawsuit.
On July 15, Jorge Zuniga died from chronic respiratory failure following a heart attack.
Attorneys allege that his injuries and untimely death were due to the ‘absolute deliberate and unconscionable indifference of the deputies and the jail staff.’
Zuniga’s grieving wife Johana Zuniga said: ‘My husband and I were parents of a one-year-old baby – my husband didn’t deserve to be treated in such an unfair way. We only ask for justice because of the pain that my family and I feel will not be taken away.
‘My husband was a hardworking man, and his son was his world for him. My son will not be able to know his dad, nor be able to call someone dad. ‘
‘They took my companion – the love of my life. I only ask for justice in the name of my husband which is what he deserves and what he asked for before he passed. ‘……