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Dead LAPD officer beaten in practice, mother says

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer who died of neck injuries sustained during training was beaten by fellow officers during a drill meant to “simulate a crowd,” according to a death complaint wrongful complaint filed against the city by his mother.

Houston Tipping, 32, was injured May 26 at the police academy and died three days later. His funeral on Wednesday was attended by Police Chief Michel Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Tipping’s mother, Shirley Huffman, filed her Notice of Claim against the city on Friday, alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations, the Los Angeles Times reported. Such claims are often a precursor to legal action.

Huffman alleges that her son was “repeatedly struck in the head badly enough that he bled” and suffered multiple neck fractures, which caused his death.

The claim also alleges that the training exercise “had already been called into question” before Tipping was injured due to injuries sustained by other officers, according to the Times.

Capt. Kelly Muniz, a police spokesperson, told the newspaper the department could not comment on the allegation. The department has launched its own investigation into the incident, in part to determine if there are “changes that need to be made,” Muniz said.

Tipping, a five-year veteran of the department, had worked as a patrol officer in the San Fernando Valley.

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