Family Of Man With Down Syndrome Sues Police For Abuse

| by Will Hagle

The family of a 21-year-old man with Down syndrome has sued the Vista, Calif. Sheriff’s Department for alleged abuse. 

According to U-T San Diego, Antonio Martinez was walking down the street towards his family’s business when Deputy Jeffrey Guy approached him. Guy was in the area investigating a reported domestic violence case, and he mistakenly told Martinez to stop walking. 

The lawsuit alleges that Guy then “looked Tony in the face and then unloaded a canister of highly irritating pepper spray into Tony’s face and eyes” before beating him and putting him in handcuffs. 

The sheriff’s department has already admitted that the incident was a mistake, apologizing to Martinez and his family. 

In 2012, when the incident occurred, Antonio’s sister Jessica Martinez explained that the family would seek justice for what happened to her brother.

“All we want is for the sheriff’s deputy who did this to my brother to get fired. That’s all we want. We want justice,” she said, according to CNN.

Two years later, Guy is still an employee of the Vista sheriff’s department. The details of the lawsuit have yet to be unveiled.