Famous civil rights lawyer files lawsuit after man allegedly had mental health crisis shot by police – CBS Miami


MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Doctors have told Michael Ortiz he will never walk again after he was shot during a confrontation with Hollywood police last July.

“Just to the policeman, I mean why did you shoot? There were six adults and you couldn’t let me go? he asked on Monday.

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Ortiz made his comments after being driven to the Broward Public Defender’s Office by well-known civil rights attorney Ben Crump.

Crump says he sued to force Hollywood police to release surveillance video of the incident.

A camera in the building on West Hollywood Boulevard where the incident took place captured the entire incident.

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Hollywood police have the video as part of their investigation. But they refused to allow the Ortiz family to view the video.

“You need to post the video that shows us why you shot a naked man face down and paralyzed him,” Crump said.

Ortiz suffers from anxiety. Crump says that on July 3, 2021, his dog was missing and he called 911. After taking a shower, police showed up at his door while he was in a towel. Somehow, Ortiz ended up in the hallway and struggled with some police officers. Ortiz was tasered and restrained. A neighbor says she saw the commotion. She says another police officer arrived on the scene and that’s when Ortiz was shot.

“We have more questions than answers,” Ortiz’s sister said.

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Hollywood police have not commented on the lawsuit.

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