Family members of Steven Motley, the man who died three days after a pursuit and struggle with Redding police officers, have filed three separate legal claims against the City of Redding, the Redding Police Department and Police Chief Rob Paoletti.
One claim was filed by Motley’s mother, and the two others were filed on behalf of his children.
Two of the claims seek more than $25,000 in damages including wrongful death damages, survival damages, attorney fees as well as funeral and burial expenses.
The claims allege officers who came into contact with Motley following a pursuit on Oct. 5, used excessive force, were negligent in the way in which Motley was detained and officers failed to provide him timely medical care.
During that chase, Redding police officers said Motley allegedly stole a truck, crashed, then ran but circled back around to steal a police cruiser. Motley was eventually chased down by officers, where a Taser was used but he continued to struggle and was ultimately arrested in the backyard of a home on Alta Saga Drive. After being detained, officers noticed Motley going into cardiac arrest and summoned an ambulance. Motley was transported to a local hospital before being moved to a Sacramento hospital where he died on Oct. 8, 2013.
The claims allege motley died after police used a Taser on him.
An autopsy done by the Yolo County coroner concluded Motley ultimately died due to cardiac arrest, while he was under the influence of methamphetamine.
Each of the three separate claims are currently in the investigation stage. If the claims are rejected, Motley’s family members can file lawsuits.