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“Never did we ever think that our 16-year-old son with special needs would die in front of our eyes at his age and in the hands of law enforcement,”

Donna Lou, the teen’s mother, had this to say after watching her 16-year-old son be detained and sat on for 9 minutes straight. Reportedly, the son, Eric Parsa, was having a meltdown in a shopping center where he was hitting himself and slapped his father.

Police were called by a Laser Tag company in the shopping center. When they arrived, they handcuffed Eric, shackled his feet, and restrained him face down on the shopping center’s parking lot’s pavement, putting immense pressure on his back. They did not let up until he stopped moving.

A doctor tried to help resuscitate the teen but was reportedly told to “stay back and let them do their job” by the police.

This all happened one year ago, on January 19, 2020.

The parents accused Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph P. Lopinto III and seven deputies of negligence and excessive force in addition to violating their son’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. They added that they want to “bring this lawsuit in hopes that Eric’s death will not be in vain and no other families will have to go through the same horror, loss, and shock that we are experiencing.”

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